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Illustrations of the centenary of ballooning, 1883.

Illustrations of the centenary of ballooning, 1883.
3 1 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 23cm


An extract from 'The Illustrated London News' celebrating the centenary of ballooning in 1883. The portraits are of famous aeronauts and aerial travelleres, including: Mrs Sage, Vincent Lunardi, Jacques Charles, Jean-Pierre Blanchard, James Sadler, Henry Coxwell, Charles Green, the Montgolfier Brothers and Jean Francois Pilatre de Rozier. The other illustrations depict notable ascents, including: the first manned ascent in a Montgolfier balloon; the ascent of 'Le Fleselles'; Major Mony's perilous landing in the sea; the destruction of Charles and Robert's balloon at Gonese; Green's night voyage to Nasau, and Robert Cocking's parachute.

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