Category Archives: Balloons

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 “Flying Ship” of Francesco de Lana. Montgolfier, 1783. First Balloon Flight in England, 1784. First Successful Crossing the Channel, 1785. First Parachute Display, 1837. First “dirigible,” 1852. First Successful Dirigible, 1883. … 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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Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum Commemorates Remembrance Day

If you are in the area – and even if you are not – go and visit the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada on Remembrance Day, November 11, 2014. For those of you who are unaware, November … Continue reading

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1909 Reims – World’s First Airplane Meet – Part 1

The above poster advertises the very first international aviation meet, held August 22-29, 1090 at Reims, France, and event called the Grande Semaine d’Aviation de 14 (Great Aviation Week of 1914). The poster also mentions 200,000 French Francs of prizes! … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #23 – German Zeppelin Type

History Behind The Card: German Zeppelin Type Card #23 of 50, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1910 Name: Count Ferdinand Adolf Heinrich August Graf von Zeppelin, 1838 – 1917, Konstanz, Germany Next to the Red Baron, Count von Zeppelin is … Continue reading

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How To Destroy A War Balloon

Just something brief here… here is a period-piece of a balloon buster from BEFORE World War I. Yes, it’s a drawing and not a photograph, because it depicts a scene from around 1870, and yes, they had cameras back then, … Continue reading

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