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Ballooning Collection

Background imageBallooning Collection: Illustration from the childrens book The Adventures of Uncle Lubin, 1902. Artist: W Heath Robinson

Illustration from the childrens book The Adventures of Uncle Lubin, 1902. Artist: W Heath Robinson
Illustration from the childrens book The Adventures of Uncle Lubin, 1902. From a private collection

Background imageBallooning Collection: L. Stevens, 1911. Creator: Bain News Service

L. Stevens, 1911. Creator: Bain News Service
L. Stevens, 1911. Shows professional balloon and airship pilot and stunt man Albert Leo Stevens (1873-1944)

Background imageBallooning Collection: Assman's Balloon, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service

Assman's Balloon, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service
Assman's Balloon, between c1910 and c1915. Shows William F. Assmann's balloon Miss Sofia beside a gasometer

Background imageBallooning Collection: Stevens, 1911. Creator: Bain News Service

Stevens, 1911. Creator: Bain News Service
Stevens, 1911. Shows professional balloon and airship pilot and stunt man Albert Leo Stevens (1873-1944)

Background imageBallooning Collection: L. Stevens, 1911. Creator: Bain News Service

L. Stevens, 1911. Creator: Bain News Service
L. Stevens, 1911. Shows professional balloon and airship pilot and stunt man Albert Leo Stevens (1873-1944)

Background imageBallooning Collection: Leo Stevens & Harry Atwood, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service

Leo Stevens & Harry Atwood, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service
Leo Stevens & Harry Atwood, between c1910 and c1915. Shows aviator Harry Nelson Atwood (1884-1967) with pilot Albert Leo Stevens (1873-1944)

Background imageBallooning Collection: Tom Baldwin, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service

Tom Baldwin, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service
Tom Baldwin, between c1910 and c1915

Background imageBallooning Collection: Oscar Erbsloh, ready to go up in balloon, 1916. Creator: Bain News Service

Oscar Erbsloh, ready to go up in balloon, 1916. Creator: Bain News Service
Oscar Erbsloh, ready to go up in balloon, 1916

Background imageBallooning Collection: Ascent of M. Godard's Montgolfier balloon from Cremorne Gardens, 1864. Creator: Unknown

Ascent of M. Godard's Montgolfier balloon from Cremorne Gardens, 1864. Creator: Unknown
Ascent of M. Godard's Montgolfier balloon from Cremorne Gardens, [London], 1864. The...heated-air, balloon, with which M

Background imageBallooning Collection: Un service... pas facile a rendre, 19th century. Creator: Honore Daumier

Un service... pas facile a rendre, 19th century. Creator: Honore Daumier
Un service... pas facile a rendre, 19th century. A service.... not easy to render

Background imageBallooning Collection: En ballon captif, 19th century. Creator: Honore Daumier

En ballon captif, 19th century. Creator: Honore Daumier
En ballon captif, 19th century. In a tethered balloon

Background imageBallooning Collection: Enlèvement d'une fille de l'air, 19th century. Creator: Honore Daumier

Enlèvement d'une fille de l'air, 19th century. Creator: Honore Daumier
Enlevement d'une fille de l'air, 19th century. Ballooning scene - flying woman asks to be allowed into the basket: Monsieur Godard I'm frozen...Godard

Background imageBallooning Collection: Aviator Harry Atwood, in Plane with Leo Stevens, 1911. Creator: Harris & Ewing

Aviator Harry Atwood, in Plane with Leo Stevens, 1911. Creator: Harris & Ewing
Aviator Harry Atwood, in Plane with Leo Stevens, 1911. [US aviation pineer, engineer and inventor Atwood was chief flight instructor for William Starling Burgess whose Burgess Company built a variety

Background imageBallooning Collection: Captain Baldwin, between 1911 and 1920. Creator: Harris & Ewing

Captain Baldwin, between 1911 and 1920. Creator: Harris & Ewing. Captain Baldwin, between 1911 and 1920
Captain Baldwin, between 1911 and 1920. Thomas Scott Baldwin, pioneer balloonist and US Army major during World War I; the first American to descend from a balloon by parachute

Background imageBallooning Collection: Balloons - Capt. Thomas S. Baldwin, N.A. Who Built Dirigible Balloon... 1914

Balloons - Capt. Thomas S. Baldwin, N.A. Who Built Dirigible Balloon... 1914. Creator: Harris & Ewing. Balloons - Capt
Balloons - Captain Thomas Scott Baldwin, N.A. Who Built Dirigible Balloon #1 Except The Engine, Which Was Made By Curtiss, 1914. Pioneer balloonist and U.S

Background imageBallooning Collection: Professor Myers Air Bicycle, 1891. Creator: Unknown

Professor Myers Air Bicycle, 1891. Creator: Unknown
Professor Myers Air Bicycle, 1891. From "The Graphic. An Illustrated Weekly Newspaper", Volume 44. July to December, 1891

Background imageBallooning Collection: Ascension of Charles and Robert, at the Tuileries, December 1, 1783. Creator: Unknown

Ascension of Charles and Robert, at the Tuileries, December 1, 1783. Creator: Unknown
Ascension of Charles and Robert, at the Tuileries, December 1, 1783

Background imageBallooning Collection: Army Aviation, College Park Aviation Field, 2nd Season - Lt. H. Geiger, Lt. T. Dew. Milling, 1912

Army Aviation, College Park Aviation Field, 2nd Season - Lt. H. Geiger, Lt. T. Dew. Milling, 1912. [Early aviation pioneers, Maryland, USA

Background imageBallooning Collection: Ascent of M. Poiteven, on Horseback, in a Balloon, from the Champ de Mars, Paris, 1850

Ascent of M. Poiteven, on Horseback, in a Balloon, from the Champ de Mars, Paris, 1850. Creator: Unknown
Ascent of M. Poiteven, on Horseback, in a Balloon, from the Champ de Mars, Paris, 1850. Upwards of 10, 000 persons paid for admission...to witness the ascent...It was a matter of considerable

Background imageBallooning Collection: Ascent of Bell's Aerial Machine, from Vauxhall Gardens, 1850. Creator: Unknown

Ascent of Bell's Aerial Machine, from Vauxhall Gardens, 1850. Creator: Unknown
Ascent of Bell's Aerial Machine, from Vauxhall Gardens, [London], 1850. The machine which Mr. Bell has constructed...is capable of sustaining a weight of between 500 and 600 lb

Background imageBallooning Collection: M. Petin's 'System of Aerial Navigation', 1850. Creator: Unknown. M

M. Petin's "System of Aerial Navigation", 1850. Creator: Unknown. M
M. Petin's "System of Aerial Navigation", 1850. French milliner and balloonist Ernest Petin..has sought to give to his apparatus the greatest possible power

Background imageBallooning Collection: The late M. Gay-Lussac, 1850. Creator: Unknown

The late M. Gay-Lussac, 1850. Creator: Unknown
The late M. Gay-Lussac, 1850. Portrait of the French chemist and physicist.. The war-balloon which had been employed by the French army in Egypt was given to the custody of MM

Background imageBallooning Collection: Mrs. Graham's Balloon on Fire, 1850. Creator: Unknown

Mrs. Graham's Balloon on Fire, 1850. Creator: Unknown
Mrs. Graham's Balloon on Fire, 1850. In 1826, Margaret Graham became the first British woman to make a solo balloon flight

Background imageBallooning Collection: Accident to the Nassau Balloon, between Gravesend and the Nore, 1850. Creator: Unknown

Accident to the Nassau Balloon, between Gravesend and the Nore, 1850. Creator: Unknown
Accident to the Nassau Balloon, between Gravesend and the Nore, [Kent], 1850....Mr. Green ascended...accompanied by Mr. Rush...for the express purpose of testing the improvements made by that

Background imageBallooning Collection: Ascent of the Nassau Balloon, from Vauxhall Gardens, on Saturday, 1850. Creator: Unknown

Ascent of the Nassau Balloon, from Vauxhall Gardens, on Saturday, 1850. Creator: Unknown
Ascent of the Nassau Balloon, from Vauxhall Gardens, [London], on Saturday, 1850. A grand fete was given at these Gardens on Saturday

Background imageBallooning Collection: The rescue of Jules and Caroline Duruof from their balloon 'Le Tricolore' off the coast of... 1874

The rescue of Jules and Caroline Duruof from their balloon "Le Tricolore" off the coast of... 1874
The rescue of Jules and Caroline Duruof from their balloon "Le Tricolore" off the coast of England on September 1, 1874, 1874. Private Collection

Background imageBallooning Collection: The rescue of Jules and Caroline Duruof from their balloon 'Le Tricolore' off the coast of... 1874

The rescue of Jules and Caroline Duruof from their balloon "Le Tricolore" off the coast of... 1874
The rescue of Jules and Caroline Duruof from their balloon "Le Tricolore" off the coast of England on September 1, 1874, 1874. Private Collection

Background imageBallooning Collection: Professor Thaddeus S. C. Lowe, between 1855 and 1865. Creator: Unknown

Professor Thaddeus S. C. Lowe, between 1855 and 1865. Creator: Unknown
Prof. Lowry [sic] i.e. Lowe, between 1855 and 1865. [Balloonist, inventor, aeronaut, scientist: pioneer of military aerial reconnaissance]

Background imageBallooning Collection: Professor T. S. C. Lowe, between 1865 and 1880. Creator: Unknown

Professor T. S. C. Lowe, between 1865 and 1880. Creator: Unknown
Lowe, Prof. T.S.C. (military balloonist), between 1865 and 1880. [Balloonist, inventor, aeronaut, scientist: pioneer of military aerial reconnaissance]

Background imageBallooning Collection: The Perilous Situation of Major Mony, When He Fell into the Sea with His Balloon, June 24, 1789

The Perilous Situation of Major Mony, When He Fell into the Sea with His Balloon, June 24, 1789. Creator: John Murphy
The Perilous Situation of Major Mony, When He Fell into the Sea with His Balloon on the 23rd of July, 1785, Off the Coast of Yarmouth; Most Providentially Discovered and Taken Up by the Argus Sloop

Background imageBallooning Collection: Panel (Furnishing Fabric), Nantes, c. 1785. Creator: Unknown

Panel (Furnishing Fabric), Nantes, c. 1785. Creator: Unknown
Panel (Furnishing Fabric), Nantes, c. 1785. Floral print with hot air balloon motif

Background imageBallooning Collection: Balloon Basket, USMC, World War I, 1910s. Creator: Unknown

Balloon Basket, USMC, World War I, 1910s. Creator: Unknown
63in. long, 37in. wide, 53in. high; cane basket with silver canvas cover

Background imageBallooning Collection: Basket and equipment used by Capt. H. C. Gray, USA, in a world altitude attempt in 1927

Basket and equipment used by Capt. H. C. Gray, USA, in a world altitude attempt in 1927
U.S. Army Air Corps balloonist Capt. Hawthorne Gray launched from Scott Field, Illinois, on November 4, 1927, on his third attempt to explore conditions

Background imageBallooning Collection: Balloon Basket, USA, World War I, United States Army Air Service, 1910s. Creator: Unknown

Balloon Basket, USA, World War I, United States Army Air Service, 1910s. Creator: Unknown
Cane basket with miscellaneous rope and fittings - L: 47" W: 42" H: 46"

Background imageBallooning Collection: Binoculars used by Thaddeus S. C. Lowe, 1860s. Creator: Unknown

Binoculars used by Thaddeus S. C. Lowe, 1860s. Creator: Unknown
Binoculars used by Thaddeus S. C. Lowe, 1860s. Binoculars used by American balloonist, aeronaut, scientist and inventor Thaddeus Sobieski Constantine Lowe during the American Civil War

Background imageBallooning Collection: Snuff box with ballooning scene, late 18th century. Creator: Aubert

Snuff box with ballooning scene, late 18th century. Creator: Aubert
Snuff box with ballooning scene, late 18th century. The scene represents the launch of the first small Charliere gas balloon from the Champ de Mars in Paris, 27 August 1783

Background imageBallooning Collection: Dance card case and ivory cards, late 18th century. Creator: Unknown

Dance card case and ivory cards, late 18th century. Creator: Unknown
Dance card case and ivory cards, late 18th century. Carnets de bal or dance cards were used at formal balls by ladies to record the names of the gentlemen with whom they intended to dance

Background imageBallooning Collection: Box with scene showing Claytons Ascent, after 1835. Creator: Unknown

Box with scene showing Claytons Ascent, after 1835. Creator: Unknown
Box with scene showing Claytons Ascent, after 1835. Oval-shaped, pasteboard bandbox covered in paper block-printed with distemper, commemorating Richard Clayton, pioneering midwestern aeronaut

Background imageBallooning Collection: Gondola, Breitling Orbiter 3, 1990s. Creator: Cameron Balloons

Gondola, Breitling Orbiter 3, 1990s. Creator: Cameron Balloons
Basic structure is yellow and orange with the inscription, Breitling Orbiter 3. Upper structure houses burners and equipment

Background imageBallooning Collection: 5c Buffalo Balloon imperforate vertical pair, 1877. Creator: Unknown

5c Buffalo Balloon imperforate vertical pair, 1877. Creator: Unknown
5c Buffalo Balloon imperforate vertical pair, 1877. Perhaps the most enigmatic of all American stamps, the Buffalo balloon stamp is certainly among the premier rarities in aerophilately

Background imageBallooning Collection: Le Geant, Champ de Mars, October 18, 1863, probably printed 1880 / 89. Creator: Nadar

Le Geant, Champ de Mars, October 18, 1863, probably printed 1880 / 89. Creator: Nadar
Le Geant, Champ de Mars, October 18, 1863, probably printed 1880/89. Crowds at the launch of The Giant, a balloon commissioned by French photographer Nadar and built by Eugene Godard

Background imageBallooning Collection: Interior of Le Geant Inflating, 1863. Creator: Nadar

Interior of Le Geant Inflating, 1863. Creator: Nadar
Interior of Le Geant Inflating, 1863. The Giant, a balloon commissioned by French photographer Nadar and built by Eugene Godard

Background imageBallooning Collection: The Celebrated Vincent 1784. Creator: Francesco Bartolozzi

The Celebrated Vincent 1784. Creator: Francesco Bartolozzi
The Celebrated Vincent Lunardi Esq. Accompanied by Two Friends in His Third Aerial Excursion, Taken from St. Georges Fields, in London, 1784

Background imageBallooning Collection: Ascent of Mr Greens Balloon, 1845. Creator: Unknown

Ascent of Mr Greens Balloon, 1845. Creator: Unknown
Ascent of Mr Greens Balloon, 1845. On Monday evening, Mr. [Charles] Green made a very beautiful ascent in his monster Nassau Balloon, from the grounds of Cremorne House, Chelsea [in London]

Background imageBallooning Collection: American Balloon Ascension (Amerikakoku), 6th month, 1867. Creator: Utagawa Yoshitora

American Balloon Ascension (Amerikakoku), 6th month, 1867. Creator: Utagawa Yoshitora
American Balloon Ascension (Amerikakoku), 6th month, 1867

Background imageBallooning Collection: America: Enjoying Hot Air Balloons, 1867. Creator: Utagawa Yoshitora

America: Enjoying Hot Air Balloons, 1867. Creator: Utagawa Yoshitora
" America" : Enjoying Hot Air Balloons, 1867

Background imageBallooning Collection: American Balloon Ascension (Amerikakoku), 1867. Creator: Utagawa Yoshitora

American Balloon Ascension (Amerikakoku), 1867. Creator: Utagawa Yoshitora
American Balloon Ascension (Amerikakoku), 1867

Background imageBallooning Collection: Mr. Green in the Albion Balloon, Having Ascended from Vauxhall Gardens, August 12, 1842

Mr. Green in the Albion Balloon, Having Ascended from Vauxhall Gardens, August 12, 1842, ca. 1842



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