Couple on a steam-powered flying machine, 19th century.

Couple on a steam-powered flying machine, 19th century.
3 1 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 23cm

Description

Lithograph printed by Day & Haghe. It is titled 'Elopement Extraordinary, or Jack and his Lasie on a Matrimonial Excursion to the Moon, on the New aerial Machine', and shows a couple taking off riding a steam-powered rocket-like flying machine. As steam propulsion became more commonplace on the railways and, les succesfully, the roads, speculation began as to whether it might solve the problem of powered flight.

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library

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