Category Archives: Balloons

Wills’s Aviation Card #78–”Short” Hydro-Aeroplane.

History Behind The Card: “Short” Hydro-Aeroplane. Card #78 of 85, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1911, Vice Regal Mixture – Black-back issue Horace Leonard Short on July 2, 1872 in Chilton Colliery, Durham, England, Great Britain – April 6, 1917 … Continue reading

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The Andrée Balloon Expedition To The North Pole

History Behind The Card: Andrée’s Balloon Card #nn of 30, American Tobacco Company (Hassan brand), Arctic Scenes set from 1910. Salomon August Andrée, born October 18, 1854 in Gränna, Småland, Sweden – dying, it is assumed in October, 1897 on Kvitøya, … Continue reading

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Checklist For Wills’s Cigarettes Aviation 1911 – 75-Card Series

The Checklist For Wills’s Cigarettes Aviation 1911  – 75-Card Series features 79 different cards, owing to different brands/backs opting for different aircraft/people to be featured on four cards: Cards No. 63. (2x); No. 69 (2x); No. 73 (2x); and No. … Continue reading

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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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