Category Archives: Balloons

Wills’s Aviation Card #75 – Mr. Tom Sopwith.

History Behind The Card: Mr. Tom Sopwith. Card #75 of 75, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1911, Vice Regal Mixture – Black-back issue Sir Thomas Octave Murdoch Sopwith on January 18, 1888 in Kensington, London, England, Great Britain – January … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #74 – Army Dirigible “Beta.”

History Behind The Card: Army Dirigible “Beta.” Card #74 of 75, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1911, Capstan Navy Cut – Black-back issue Major-General Sir John Edward Capper born December 7, 1861 in Lucknow, British India (now just India) – … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #73 – “Willows II.” Dirigible.

History Behind The Card: “Willows II.” Dirigible. Card #73 of 75, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1911, Vice Regal Mixture – Black-back issue E.T. (Ernest Thompson) Willows, born in Cardiff, Wales, Great Britain on July 11, 1886 – August 23, … Continue reading

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Leona Dare In The Air Up There

There are a lot of “maybe’s” and “postulating” within this particular article. I was glancing through the August 2017 magazine edition of Smithsonian, spying the cover story on “The New American Circus” but was more caught up in the “poster … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #63 – “Tellier” Monoplane.

History Behind The Card: “Tellier” Monoplane. Card #63 of 75, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1911, Capstan Navy Cut – black back issue Alphonse Tellier, August 24, 1879 in Paris, France – February 14, 1929 in Grasse, France; Émile Dubonnet, … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #57 – “Givaudin II.” Triplane.

History Behind The Card: “Givaudin II.” Triplane. Card #57 of 75, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1911, Capstan Navy Cut issue Claude Givaudan, September 16, 1872 in Caluire-et-Cuire, a suburb of Lyon, France – October 30, 1945 in France. It’s … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #56 – “Howard-Wright” Biplane.

History Behind The Card: “Howard-Wright” Biplane. Card #56 of 75, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series Capstan Navy Cut black back 1911 issue Howard Theophilus Wright, circa 1867 in Dudley, England, Great Britain –  died circa 1945; Thomas Octave Murdoch, January … Continue reading

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Checklist For Wills’s Cigarettes Aviation 1910 – 50 Cards

Checklist For Wills’s Cigarettes Aviation 1910 – 50 Cards 1910 Wills’s Aviation 50-Card Series Card # Title of Card 1. “Flying Ship” of Francesco de Lana. 2. Montgolfier, 1783. 3. First Balloon Flight in England, 1784. 4. First Successful Crossing the … Continue reading

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Various Balloon Fantasies

I don’t know Daniel Berek, but he has compiled a grouping of images depicting fantasy aircraft before the Wright Brothers… of men and women who thought of things just a bit differently. Such as the Batson Aero Yacht… a flying … Continue reading

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Pioneers Of Aviation Photography

Have you ever heard of Jimmy Black? Okay… his true name is James Wallace Black, and he probably went by the name James Black. Born in Francetown, New Hampshire on February 10, 1825, he was a pioneer of aviation thanks … Continue reading

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