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Background imageWings Collection: Blanchard balloon ascent, Rouen, France

Blanchard balloon ascent, Rouen, France
Third balloon ascent of Jean-Pierre Blanchard, with Mr Boby, from the old barracks at Rouen. They later descended on the Plaine de Puissanval. 18 July 1784

Background imageWings 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 imageWings Collection: Balloon ascent by Blanchard, Champ de Mars, Paris

Balloon ascent by Blanchard, Champ de Mars, Paris
Balloon ascent by Jean-Pierre Blanchard from the Champ de Mars, Paris. 2 March 1784

Background imageWings Collection: Blanchard and Jeffries crossing English Channel

Blanchard and Jeffries crossing English Channel
Jean-Pierre Blanchard and Dr John Jeffries crossing the English Channel by balloon. They left Dover, crossed the sea, and landed near Blanay, between Calais and Boulogne

Background imageWings Collection: Technical diagram of a flying machine

Technical diagram of a flying machine, with measurements and annotations. The small red circle labelled C is the pilots seat. late 18th century

Background imageWings Collection: The Plain Sister

The Plain Sister

Background imageWings Collection: Technical diagram of a flying machine, with pilot

Technical diagram of a flying machine, with pilot
Technical diagram of a flying machine, with measurements and annotations, and a pilot seated at the controls. circa late 18th century

Background imageWings Collection: Flying by Mechanical Means

Flying by Mechanical Means
Designs for man-powered flight, modelled on birds. 1810

Background imageWings Collection: Women floating in the air

Women floating in the air by the use of parasols with large butterflies attached, and wings on their shoes, gazed at from the ground by men with lorgnettes and telescopes. circa 18th century

Background imageWings Collection: The Aerial Steam Carriage, or Ariel

The Aerial Steam Carriage, or Ariel. An artists imaginary representation of a propeller-driven flying machine with wings. By Permission of the Patentees, this Engraving of The First Carriage

Background imageWings Collection: Book cover design, Airships and Other Aerial Craft

Book cover design, Airships and Other Aerial Craft
Book cover design, The Boys Book of Airships and Other Aerial Craft, by Harry Delacombe and EJ Partridge, London: Grant Richards Ltd, 1910. 1910

Background imageWings Collection: Man-powered flying machine

Man-powered flying machine
A man-powered flying machine in a countryside setting. The Aerostat - Worked by Manual Power - Invented by W. Miller, M.R.C.S. 1843

Background imageWings Collection: Imaginary view of a flying machine

Imaginary view of a flying machine
Imaginary front view of a Vaisseau Volant (flying machine), looking like a Faberge egg with green wings. 1780s

Background imageWings Collection: Fanciful balloon, La Minerve

Fanciful balloon, La Minerve
Fanciful drawing of a balloon carrying a large ship entitled La Minerve vaisseau airien, designed by Professor Robertson. circa 18th century

Background imageWings Collection: Lunardis balloon

Lunardis balloon (bearing a lion and unicorn royal crest) and car containing three people. 1785

Background imageWings Collection: Lunardis grand air balloon

Lunardis grand air balloon
Lunardis Grand Air Balloon, with inset portrait in profile. The balloon ascended from the Artillery Ground, London, on 15 September 1784, travelled for three hours, and descended near Ware

Background imageWings Collection: People and animals with a balloon

People and animals with a balloon
Fanciful design showing crowds of people and animals watching the ascent of an idealised balloon (complete with what appears to be a key to wind it up)

Background imageWings Collection: Lunardi air balloon in London

Lunardi air balloon in London
Lunardis celebrated air balloon in London. August 1784

Background imageWings Collection: Cover design, Circuit of Britain Programme

Cover design, Circuit of Britain Programme
Cover design, official programme issued by the Royal Aero Club for the Circuit of Britain 1010 Miles Air Race for the Second 10, 000 Daily Mail prize

Background imageWings Collection: Satirical political cartoon, The Fall of Icarus

Satirical political cartoon, The Fall of Icarus, showing a plump, naked Earl Temple (Richard Temple-Nugent-Brydges-Chandos-Grenville, 1st Duke of Buckingham and Chandos)

Background imageWings Collection: Lunardis second Grand Air Balloon

Lunardis second Grand Air Balloon
Mr Lunardis second Grand Air Balloon, in which he ascended from the Artillery Ground on 13 May, and with Mr Biggin and Mrs Sage from St Georges Fields on 29 June. May-June 1785

Background imageWings Collection: Early flying machine design

Early flying machine design
An early flying machine design, showing a man standing in a winged assembly similar to a paraglider. Designed by Jacob Degen, Vienna, 1807, with measurements given below. 1807

Background imageWings Collection: Brimstone Butterflies

Brimstone Butterflies Date: 1868

Background imageWings Collection: Victorian flower fairies

Victorian flower fairies
Flower fairy on a bed of wild roses and violets painting the wings of a butterfly. from a postcard published by Raphael Tuck Date: 1900

Background imageWings Collection: Poster for 13th International Motor Exhibition, Olympia

Poster for 13th International Motor Exhibition, Olympia, London, showing a classical figure (Mercury) at the wheel of a chariot-like car decorated with wings. November 1919

Background imageWings Collection: The Tatler Front Cover, London Season Number 1957

The Tatler Front Cover, London Season Number 1957
Front cover of The Tatler designed by Heath, featuring a stylised naked couple flying through the air watched over by a benevolent looking sun. Date: 1957

Background imageWings Collection: Two fairies sitting on toadstools

Two fairies sitting on toadstools. 1920s

Background imageWings Collection: Do you ever hear the fairies?

Do you ever hear the fairies? You can hear them if you will, singing little songs of dream, when all the house is still. 20th century

Background imageWings Collection: Study of a heron in flight

Study of a heron in flight

Background imageWings Collection: Duck in flight

Duck in flight
Illustration of a duck in flight

Background imageWings Collection: A little cock sparrow sat on a tree

A little cock sparrow sat on a tree, singing so blithe, so happy was he. A little boy came with his bow and arrow, and said I will shoot that little cock sparrow

Background imageWings Collection: Cabbage Whites Butterflies

Cabbage Whites Butterflies Date: 1868

Background imageWings Collection: Swallowtail Butterflies

Swallowtail Butterflies Date: 1868

Background imageWings Collection: Large Copper Butterflies

Large Copper Butterflies Date: 1868

Background imageWings Collection: Fantasy by Sergei Solomko

Fantasy by Sergei Solomko -- a mythical bird with the head of a woman, known as Sirin in Russian legends

Background imageWings Collection: Wings of Piccadilly advertisement

Wings of Piccadilly advertisement
Advertisement for Thomas Wing of Piccadilly, hosiers and catering to gentlemen since 17777. Advert features a likeness of the famous dandy, Beau Brummell to underline their exacting style. Date: 1927

Background imageWings Collection: Advertisement for Olibet Biscuits

Advertisement for Olibet Biscuits

Background imageWings Collection: Valentines card with three cherubs

Valentines card with three cherubs carrying a heart-shaped wreath -- To My Valentine. circa late 19th century

Background imageWings Collection: Label design for Le Biplan

Label design for Le Biplan, a French biplane. 20th century

Background imageWings Collection: Valentines card with two cherubs and a large heart

Valentines card with two cherubs and a large heart
Valentines card with two winged cherubs and a large heart, two white doves and lots of forget-me-nots. To My Valentine. circa late 19th century

Background imageWings Collection: Wings For Victory

Wings For Victory More Savings - More Wings. Poster encouraging Britains to save money, aiding the war effort, specificially in the construction of new Lancaster Bomber aircraft for the RAF Date

Background imageWings Collection: We Anchored by the Moon by Hilda Miller

We Anchored by the Moon by Hilda Miller

Background imageWings Collection: Happy Anniversary greetings card

Happy Anniversary greetings card, showing a winged cherub and two butterflies with hearts and flowers. circa late 19th century

Background imageWings Collection: Valentines card with cherub, heart and flowers

Valentines card with cherub, heart and flowers
To My Valentine -- a card with a winged cherub, a large red heart and flowers. circa late 19th century

Background imageWings Collection: Fairies from every Flower

Fairies from every Flower
Two children sit in a garden, surrounded by flowers and their associated fairies. Date: c.1925

Background imageWings Collection: Greetings card, Loves Golden Key

Greetings card, Loves Golden Key, showing a winged cherub in a pink costume riding a large key spelling the word LOVE. circa early 20th century

Background imageWings Collection: Theatre, Omsk, Siberia, Russia

Theatre, Omsk, Siberia, Russia
Front view of the Theatre on Lenin Street in the city of Omsk, Siberia, Russia. early 21st century

Background imageWings Collection: Couple on lifes journey, with roses and thorns

Couple on lifes journey, with roses and thorns
A couple depicted on lifes journey, with roses and thorns. The caption reads: Life & Love close linked together, And strong to bear times wintry weather. 1891




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