Category Archives: Heavier-Than-Air

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 – M. Jules Vedrines

History Behind The Card: M. Jules Vedrines Card #74 of 75, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1911, Vice Regal Mixture – Green-back issue Jules Charles Toussaint Védrines on December 21, 1881, Saint-Denis, Seine-Saint-Denis, France – April 21, 1919, Saint-Rambert-d’Albon, France; … Continue reading

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GoFly Contest To Create A Working Personal Flying Device

In my much younger days scientists promised us jetpacks. I want my jetpack! I want to fly! Sadly, jetpacks and rocket suits a la Buck Rogers, Flash Gordon, Adam Strange, The Rocketeer, IronMan and other comic book characters remain a … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #73 – Lieut. Jean Conneau (Beaumont)

History Behind The Card: Lieut. Jean Conneau (Beaumont) Card #73 of 75, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1911, Capstan Navy Cut – Green-back issue Jean Louis Conneau (aka André Beaumont) on February 8, 1880 in Lodève, Hérault, France – August … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #72 – M. Hubert Latham

History Behind The Card: M. Hubert Latham. Card #72 of 75, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1911, Vice Regal Mixture – Black-back issue Arthur Charles Hubert Latham, born in Paris, France on January 10, 1883 – June 25, 1912 near … Continue reading

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The Airplane Chair

My friend Vincent sent me this photo with a line or two accompanying it, practically daring me not to go ahead and write 2,000 words on the subject because he feels I am OCD-like. To clarify, I write a lot … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #71 – The late Mr. John B. Moisant.

History Behind The Card: The late Mr. John B. Moisant. Card #71 of 75, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1911, Capstan Navy Cut – Black-back issue John Bevins Moisant, in Kankakee, Illinois, United States of America on April 25, 1868 … Continue reading

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Hobey Baker: Hockey’s Most Famous “Flyer”

Hobart Amory Hare “Hobey” Baker: January 15, 1892 in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, United States of America – December 21, 1918 Toul, France. This one isn’t a tobacco card, but it is about someone I found while surfing down rabbit hole … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #70 – Mr. J. Armstrong Drexel

History Behind The Card: Mr. J. Armstrong Drexel. Card #70 of 75, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1911, Capstan Navy Cut – Black-back issue John Armstrong Drexel, born October 24, 1891 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America – died … Continue reading

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Wills’s Aviation Card #69 – The Morane-Borel Monoplane.

History Behind The Card: The Morane-Borel Monoplane. Card #69 of 75, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1911, Vice Regal Mixture – Green-back issue Léon Morane on April 11, 1885 in Paris, France – October 19, 1918 in Paris, France; Robert … Continue reading

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