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A parachute demonstration, c 1890.

A parachute demonstration, c 1890.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 21cm x 32cm


A coloured Japanese woodcut depicting a parachute demonstration, posibly by the Baldwin Brothers, being watched from a Japanese garden by a crowd in western and oriental dres. The American Baldwin Brothers developed the first modern parachute. This consisted of a fabric canopy without stiffeners which was connected to the jumpers by a harnes and then attached to the balloon rigging. The brothers gave the first public demonstration of their new parachute at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, United States on 30 January 1885. Dimensions: 335mm x 220mm.

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