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Background imageEarly Collection: Blanchard balloon flight to Frankfurt, Germany

Blanchard balloon flight to Frankfurt, Germany
Jean-Pierre Blanchards balloon flight to Frankfurt, Germany. Seen here flying above the crowds in a city park with a small parachute attached to the gondola. (1 of 2) 3 October 1785

Background imageEarly Collection: Balloon designs by Charles & Robert and Montgolfier

Balloon designs by Charles & Robert and Montgolfier
Balloon designs by Charles and Robert (1, 5) and the Montgolfier Brothers (2, 3, 4). No. 3 ascended from Versailles. No. 4 ascended from the Chateau de la Muette. No

Background imageEarly Collection: Balloon event, Charles Green, Macclesfield

Balloon event, Charles Green, Macclesfield
Charles Green ballooning poster advertising his 74th ascent, under the patronage of the Mayor and Magistrates, from the Gas Works near Waters Green, Macclesfield

Background imageEarly Collection: Count Zambeccaris balloon

Count Zambeccaris balloon

Background imageEarly Collection: Balloon descent at Gonesse, France

Balloon descent at Gonesse, France
The first trial hydrogen balloon which ascended from the Champ de Mars, and descended in the village of Gonesse, north east of Paris

Background imageEarly Collection: Balloon being filled with gas

Balloon being filled with gas
Balloon in a yard, being filled with gas from a barrel in preparation for flight. late 18th century

Background imageEarly Collection: Garnerin descending in his parachute, Paris

Garnerin descending in his parachute, Paris
Garnerin descending in his parachute, with his discarded balloon on the left. Claimed to be the first to descend from a balloon by means of a parachute

Background imageEarly Collection: Balloon event, Charles Green, Stockport

Balloon event, Charles Green, Stockport
Charles Green ballooning poster advertising his 75th ascent, from Stockport, under the patronage of Henry Hodgkinson, the Mayor, with a second ascent from Castle Yard, a band of music in attendance

Background imageEarly Collection: Balloon ascent over Lyons, France

Balloon ascent over Lyons, France
Balloon ascent over Lyons, containing Montgolfier the elder, Pilatre de Rosier, Prince Charles de Ligne, Le Comte de la Porte d Anglefort, Le Comte de Laurencin, Le Comte de Dampiere

Background imageEarly Collection: Early balloon design

Early balloon design, described as an aerostatic globe, with equipment to travel in the air by wind. A) The Vessel. B) Sails that are used according to the wind

Background imageEarly Collection: Balloon event, Charles Green, Leicester

Balloon event, Charles Green, Leicester
Charles Green ballooning poster, advertising his 411th ascent in his Royal Victoria Balloon, from the Cricket Ground, Leicester. With special trains laid on from nearby cities. 27 June 1849

Background imageEarly Collection: Blanchards balloon and apparatus

Blanchards balloon and apparatus
A representation of Jean-Pierre Blanchards balloon and apparatus, with annotations. Below the large round balloon is a parachute, and under that two men in the gondola with wings for steering. 1780s

Background imageEarly Collection: Blanchards balloon ascent, Little Chelsea

Blanchards balloon ascent, Little Chelsea

Background imageEarly Collection: Balloon ascent of Lunardi, Artillery Ground

Balloon ascent of Lunardi, Artillery Ground
Ascent of Lunardis celebrated air balloon from the Artillery Ground, London, watched by spectators. 15 September 1784

Background imageEarly Collection: Satirical images of an Air Balloon

Satirical images of an Air Balloon
Set of 12 satirical images with captions of an Air Balloon, showing filling, flying, reaching the moon, coming back to earth, and bursting. 1784

Background imageEarly Collection: French park festivities with fireworks and balloon

French park festivities with fireworks and balloon

Background imageEarly Collection: Balloon event, Charles Green, Chichester

Balloon event, Charles Green, Chichester
Charles Green ballooning poster advertising his 25th ascent in the Coronation Balloon under the patronage of the Mayor, from the Gas Works, Chichester. 9 November 1824

Background imageEarly Collection: Balloon event, Charles Green, Stowmarket

Balloon event, Charles Green, Stowmarket
Charles Green ballooning poster, advertising his 413rd ascent, from the Vicarage Grounds, Stowmarket in his Royal Victoria Balloon

Background imageEarly Collection: Montgolfier balloon in flight over Lyons, France

Montgolfier balloon in flight over Lyons, France
General view of Lyons, France, taken from the top of the Faubourg de la Guillotiere, showing the Montgolfier balloon Le Flesselle in flight above the city. 19 January 1784

Background imageEarly Collection: Balloon ascent from Tuileries Gardens, Paris

Balloon ascent from Tuileries Gardens, Paris
A balloon which ascended from the Tuileries Gardens, Paris, on either 27 August or 1 December 1783. If on the earlier date, it may have been released without passengers, as a test run. 1783

Background imageEarly Collection: Vauxhall Royal Balloon ascent

Vauxhall Royal Balloon ascent
Vauxhall Royal Balloon, constructed by C Green, containing several people, ascending from the Royal Gardens, Vauxhall, London. 9 September 1836

Background imageEarly Collection: Balloon ascent from Seal, near Sevenoaks, Kent

Balloon ascent from Seal, near Sevenoaks, Kent
Preparing a balloon for ascent from the Village of Seal, near Sevenoaks, Kent, during which Mr P Cornillot achieved horizontal steering at different heights. 23 August 1825

Background imageEarly Collection: Three ballooning personalities

Three ballooning personalities
Three miniature portraits of ballooning personalities, arranged in a triangle, with a small balloon at the centre, and signatures below

Background imageEarly Collection: Tragic parachute accident of Mr Cocking

Tragic parachute accident of Mr Cocking
The tragic parachute accident of Mr R Cocking. The balloon ascended 5000 feet, the parachute was detached, was found to be damaged, and Mr Cocking fell to his death. He was 61 years old. 24 July 1837

Background imageEarly Collection: Lunardi in a balloon

Lunardi in a balloon
Lunardis Grand Air Balloon, engraved for the Aerostatic Spy 1 April 1785. Probably depicting his flight from the Artillery Grounds to Ware in Hertfordshire on 15 September 1784. 1785

Background imageEarly Collection: Mr Green on horseback with his balloon

Mr Green on horseback with his balloon
Article and illustration, Ascension of Mr Green with his Balloon, on Horseback, on Tuesday from the Eagle Tavern, City Road, with an Account of his Descent at Beckenham in Kent. 1828

Background imageEarly Collection: Satirical ballooning image

Satirical ballooning image
A rude satirical image of large and small balloons tied together, lifting a cannon, entitled The Montgolsier. A first rate of the French Aerial Navy. A Fart, an Ass, a Fool, A Monkey, a Nothing. 1783

Background imageEarly Collection: Rescue of Major Money off the coast of Yarmouth

Rescue of Major Money off the coast of Yarmouth

Background imageEarly Collection: Flying Globe and Air Balloon

Flying Globe and Air Balloon
Two fanciful technical drawings. Above is a Globe Volant (Flying Globe) in which Giroud de Villette and M Rozier passed over Paris on 19 October 1783

Background imageEarly Collection: Satirical ballooning cartoon, Lord Grenville

Satirical ballooning cartoon, Lord Grenville
He Steers His Flight. Satirical cartoon on the subject of Lord Grenvilles installation as Chancellor of Oxford University

Background imageEarly Collection: Royal Family viewing balloon ascent, Windsor

Royal Family viewing balloon ascent, Windsor
The Royal Family viewing a balloon ascent in the garden of Windsor Castle. 1784

Background imageEarly Collection: Balloon race, Green brothers

Balloon race, Green brothers
Scene during a balloon race between Charles Green and his brother, which began at the Royal Gardens, Vauxhall, London. Seen here is one balloon which has descended into slightly rough water

Background imageEarly Collection: Montgolfier balloon, Champ de Mars, Paris

Montgolfier balloon, Champ de Mars, Paris
Montgolfiers air balloon above the Champ de Mars, Paris, watched by a large crowd. 27 August 1783

Background imageEarly Collection: Opening of New Hungerford Market, London

Opening of New Hungerford Market, London
Crowds of people at the opening of New Hungerford Market, London, with Mr Graham ascending in his balloon. 2 July 1833

Background imageEarly Collection: Balloon with parachute, tragic accident of Mr Cocking

Balloon with parachute, tragic accident of Mr Cocking
The Royal Vauxhall Nassau Balloon with Mr Cockings Parachute attached as they ascended from the Royal Gardens, Vauxhall. At the bottom are two sketches of the release hook. 24 July 1837

Background imageEarly Collection: Opening of the New Hungerford Market

Opening of the New Hungerford Market
View during the opening of the New Hungerford Market, with boats on the River Thames, and a balloon in the sky, piloted by Mr Graham. 2 July 1833

Background imageEarly Collection: Ascent of Coxwells balloon, Crystal Palace, London

Ascent of Coxwells balloon, Crystal Palace, London
The scientific ascent of Mr H Coxwells Mammoth Balloon from the Crystal Palace, London. Listing below the names of various passengers of Mr Coxwell. 1862

Background imageEarly Collection: Spanish lottery game

Spanish lottery game for children, Neuva Loteria De Los Globos (Juego para les ninos.) Num. 57. Made up of 52 small pictograms of various fanciful balloon designs. 1867

Background imageEarly Collection: Blanchard balloon ascent over Nuremberg, Germany

Blanchard balloon ascent over Nuremberg, Germany

Background imageEarly Collection: Balloon launch from a stadium, Italy

Balloon launch from a stadium, Italy
Detailed picture showing the paraphernalia of a balloon launch, seen inside a stadium in Italy, with two wooden launch towers, gantry, gas making equipment, and a large crowd of spectators

Background imageEarly Collection: Satirical cartoon, Rural Sports, Balloon Hunting

Satirical cartoon, Rural Sports, Balloon Hunting

Background imageEarly Collection: Page of prospectus, Aeronautic Association

Page of prospectus, Aeronautic Association
Page of a prospectus promoting the purchase of shares in the balloon company, Aeronautic Association - For promoting geographical surveys of some of the remaining undiscovered tracts of the globe To

Background imageEarly Collection: Ornately decorated balloon in flight

Ornately decorated balloon in flight
An ornately decorated balloon in flight, possibly over Islington, North London. 1815

Background imageEarly Collection: Early British dirigible on the ground with crew

Early British dirigible on the ground with crew

Background imageEarly Collection: Large balloon image on a prospectus

Large balloon image on a prospectus
Large balloon image, part of a prospectus promoting the purchase of shares in the balloon company. Aeronautic Association - For promoting geographical surveys of some of the remaining undiscovered

Background imageEarly Collection: Lunardis new balloon

Lunardis new balloon
Lunardis New Balloon, with vignettes depicting its making, filling, ascending, at its height, and descending. 1785

Background imageEarly Collection: Mr Biggin and Mrs Sage in Lunardis balloon

Mr Biggin and Mrs Sage in Lunardis balloon
Mr Biggin and Mrs Sage going up from St Georges Field in Lunardis balloon, 29 June 1785. June 1785

Background imageEarly Collection: Satirical cartoon, March of Intellect No. 2

Satirical cartoon, March of Intellect No. 2, showing various forms of transport including balloons and other flying machines. circa 1828




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