Handbill advertising Gypson's grand balloon ascent, 26 July 1841.
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A printed handbill advertising Richard Gypson's 39th balloon ascent from the gasworks at Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, on Monday 26 July 1841. For this ascent, Gypson used a balloon made from 1,800 yards (1646 m) of crimson and gold silk. It stood 60 feet high and contained 20,000 cubic feet of gas. During the ascent, Gypson released a parachute containing a live animal. He also intended to take several pasengers with him in the balloon. The advert asures the public that it is perfectly safe because Gypson has already 'had the honor (sic) of conveying three ladies and twenty eight gentlemen safely to terra firma'. Printed by John Leach, Wisbech.