Category Archives: People

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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Africa’s Flying And Invisible Warrior – The Story Of Kibaga

In a western society, one often gets caught up in all things Europe or North America, and tends to ignore the rest of the world. Mea culpa. I have on occasion written about and published stories about Japan – because … 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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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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Intricate Airplane Model Built From Paper

I don’t know about you, but I now have clumsy hands. I’ve had my run as a kid building model kits of spacecraft, cars and airplanes and even didn’t do too badly constructing ancient sailing vessels that needed intricate rigging. … 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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