Category Archives: Lighter-Than-Air

Capt. Oswald Boelcke

History Behind The Card: Capt. Oswald Boelcke Card #46, 1934 series, National Chicle Co., Sky Bird series Captain Oswald Boelcke (originally Bölcke), May 19, 1891, Giebichenstein; near Halle (Saale), Germany – October 28, 1916, near Douai, France. Oswald Boelcke was … Continue reading

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1911 Philadelphia Caramel Company 15-Card Aviation Set

Having had my head stuck researching cards in the Wills’s Aviation card series’, I have been blind to many other period card sets involving aviation. This time, let’s take a look at the 1911 set of 15 Airships cards from … 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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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 – “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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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 #59 – “Vanniman” Triplane.

History Behind The Card: “Vanniman” Triplane. Card #59 of 75, W.D.& H.O Wills, Aviation series 1911, Capstan Navy Cut issue Chester Melvin Vaniman aka Vanniman, December 30, 1866 in Virden, Illinois, United States of America – July 2, 1912 in … Continue reading

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