Category Archives: Concepts

Wills’s Aviation Card #65 – M. Henri Farman.

History Behind The Card: M. Henri Farman. Card #65 of 75, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1911, Capstan Navy Cut – Black-back issue Henri (Henry) Farman, May 26, 1874 in Paris, France — July 17, 1958, Paris, France; Maurice (Morris) … 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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Historical Look At Japan’s First Dirigibles

I was finally catching up on my reading the other day, when an article from the New Zealand newspaper, Clutha Leader dated September 26, 1911 – page 2, I discovered some information on Japan’s attempt to build the world’s then-largest … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #60 – “Dunne V.” Biplane.

History Behind The Card: “Dunne V.” Biplane. Card #60 of 75, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1911, Vice Regal Mixture – black back issue Captain John William Dunne, XXXX, XX, 1875 in Curragh Camp, County Kildare, Leinster, Republic of Ireland … 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 #54 – “Piquerez” Biplane.

History Behind The Card: “Piquerez” Biplane. Card #54 of 85, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1911, Capstan Navy Cut black reverse Paul Jules Jean-Jacques Koechlin, in Mulhouse (Haut-Rhin), France, May 7, 1881 – August 17, 1916,  Étinehem, France. Alfred Ritter … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #53 – “Vedovelli” Multiplane.

History Behind The Card: “Vedovelli” Multiplane. Card #53 of 75, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1911, Capstan Navy Cut issue Édouard Vedovelli, month-day-year in France  – month-day-year death in parts unknown. I always wanted to write that… to say it … 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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Wills’s Aviation Card #49 – “Rickman” Helicopter.

History Behind The Card: “Rickman” Helicopter. Card #49 of 50, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1910 Rickman, – called Mr. Rickman… no data re: first name, date of birth or date of death. BUT… wait till you get to 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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