Handbill advertising Gale's balloon ascent, 17 August 1847.
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A printed handbill advertising Lieutenant George Burcher Gale's balloon ascent from Rosherville Gardens in Gravesend, Kent on Tuesday 17 August 1847. This ascent was arranged as part of a special 'fete and gala' held in honour of the Duches of Kent's birthday. It was Gale's third ascent in the newly invented 'Prince of Wales' balloon, which he designed with the object of making aerial fireworks displays safer. His balloon had two cars which fitted into one another, so that the outer of the two cars could be lowered by rope tackle when aloft and the fireworks safely discharged from the lower car. The audience were given a further thrill by the sight of Gale's acrobatic display as he climbed from one car into the other. Printed by W Rock, Walworth Road, London.