Handbill advertising Gypson's balloon ascent, 1 October 1841.
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Printed handbill advertising Charles? Gypson's 44th ascent from the gasworks at Stamford, Lincolnshire, on Friday 1 October 1841. For this ascent, Gypson used a balloon made from 1,800 yards (1646 m) of finest crimson and gold silk. It was 60 feet high and contained 20,000 cubic feet of gas. Gypson 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 thirty four gentlemen safely to terra firma'. Printed by Fricker of Stamford.