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Balloonist Collection

"The Balloonist: A Journey through Time and Space" Step into the fascinating world of balloonists, where adventure knows no bounds

Background imageBalloonist Collection: The Schneider Trophy

The Schneider Trophy, presented by French industrialist Jacques Schneider, himself a record- breaking balloonist; his aim, to encourage aviation. The cup is worth 67000 euros

Background imageBalloonist Collection: Alexander Friedman, Soviet cosmologist

Alexander Friedman, Soviet cosmologist
Alexander Alexandrovich Friedman (1888-1925), Russian and Soviet cosmologist and mathematician. Friedman, who lived and worked in Leningrad, is considered the founder of modern cosmology

Background imageBalloonist Collection: 'Here I am gentlemen, 'said he, from

"Here I am gentlemen, "said he, from
3501816 " Here I am gentlemen, " said he, from Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne (1828-1905) engraved by Henri-Theophile Hildebrand (1824-97), 1873 (engraving) by Benett

Background imageBalloonist Collection: Illustration from the childrens book The Adventures of Uncle Lubin, 1902. Artist: W Heath Robinson

Illustration from the childrens book The Adventures of Uncle Lubin, 1902. Artist: W Heath Robinson
Illustration from the childrens book The Adventures of Uncle Lubin, 1902. From a private collection

Background imageBalloonist Collection: Robertsons Minerve balloon, 1804

Robertsons Minerve balloon, 1804
Robertsons Minerve balloon. Historical artwork of La Minerve, an extravagant balloon design proposed in 1804 by the French engineer E. G. Robertson

Background imageBalloonist Collection: US Civil War observation balloon

US Civil War observation balloon, 19th century artwork. The balloon, near Gaines Mill, Virginia, USA, is being inflated by gas being piped through tubes from the containers at left

Background imageBalloonist Collection: Royal Vauxhall pre-flight consultation

Royal Vauxhall pre-flight consultation. Historical artwork depicting a meeting held prior to the flight of the Royal Vauxhall in 1836

Background imageBalloonist Collection: F H Butler (Vanity Fair)

F H Butler (Vanity Fair)
FRANK HEDGES BUTLER, noted balloonist, looks down from the hot air balloon basket he is riding in and prepares to speak through his megaphone

Background imageBalloonist Collection: G-F Tournachon Ka Nadar

G-F Tournachon Ka Nadar
NADAR, proper name Gaspar-Felix Tournachon French photographer, balloonist &c

Background imageBalloonist Collection: Assman's Balloon, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service

Assman's Balloon, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service
Assman's Balloon, between c1910 and c1915. Shows William F. Assmann's balloon Miss Sofia beside a gasometer

Background imageBalloonist Collection: Stevens, 1911. Creator: Bain News Service

Stevens, 1911. Creator: Bain News Service
Stevens, 1911. Shows professional balloon and airship pilot and stunt man Albert Leo Stevens (1873-1944)

Background imageBalloonist Collection: L. Stevens, 1911. Creator: Bain News Service

L. Stevens, 1911. Creator: Bain News Service
L. Stevens, 1911. Shows professional balloon and airship pilot and stunt man Albert Leo Stevens (1873-1944)

Background imageBalloonist Collection: Leo Stevens & Harry Atwood, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service

Leo Stevens & Harry Atwood, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service
Leo Stevens & Harry Atwood, between c1910 and c1915. Shows aviator Harry Nelson Atwood (1884-1967) with pilot Albert Leo Stevens (1873-1944)

Background imageBalloonist Collection: Tom Baldwin, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service

Tom Baldwin, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service
Tom Baldwin, between c1910 and c1915

Background imageBalloonist Collection: Oscar Erbsloh, ready to go up in balloon, 1916. Creator: Bain News Service

Oscar Erbsloh, ready to go up in balloon, 1916. Creator: Bain News Service
Oscar Erbsloh, ready to go up in balloon, 1916

Background imageBalloonist Collection: An engraving depicting Ernest Petin's flying machine. Ernest Petin (1812-1879)

An engraving depicting Ernest Petin's flying machine. Ernest Petin (1812-1879) a French milliner and balloonist
5311386 An engraving depicting Ernest Petin's flying machine. Ernest Petin (1812-1879) a French milliner and balloonist, 19th century; (add.info.: Date: 1895); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageBalloonist Collection: Theodore Sivel

Theodore Sivel
3586165 Theodore Sivel; (add.info.: Portrait of Theodore Sivel (1834-1875) a French balloonist who died in a ballooning accident. Dated 19th Century.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageBalloonist Collection: Charles Green's balloon

Charles Green's balloon
3586001 Charles Green's balloon; (add.info.: Illustration depicting Charles Green's balloon. Charles Green (1785-1870) a British balloonist. Dated 19th Century.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageBalloonist Collection: A hot-air balloon which has been fitted with a parachute

A hot-air balloon which has been fitted with a parachute
3586000 A hot-air balloon which has been fitted with a parachute; (add.info.: Illustration depicting a hot-air balloon which has been fitted with a parachute)

Background imageBalloonist Collection: Charles Green's balloon

Charles Green's balloon
3585997 Charles Green's balloon; (add.info.: Illustration depicting Charles Green's balloon. Charles Green (1785-1870) a British balloonist. Dated 19th Century.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageBalloonist Collection: Charles Green's balloon

Charles Green's balloon
3585995 Charles Green's balloon; (add.info.: Illustration depicting Charles Green's balloon. Charles Green (1785-1870) a British balloonist. Dated 19th Century.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageBalloonist Collection: A copper hot-air balloon on display in Paris

A copper hot-air balloon on display in Paris
3585993 A copper hot-air balloon on display in Paris; (add.info.: Illustration depicting a copper hot-air balloon on display in Paris. Dated 19th Century.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageBalloonist Collection: James Glaisher's balloon over Westminster

James Glaisher's balloon over Westminster
3732670 James Glaisher's balloon over Westminster; (add.info.: Engraving depicting James Glaisher's balloon over Westminster)

Background imageBalloonist Collection: The ascent of the Montgolfier Balloon

The ascent of the Montgolfier Balloon
3732667 The ascent of the Montgolfier Balloon; (add.info.: Engraving depicting the ascent of the Montgolfier Balloon from the Cremorne Gardens, London)

Background imageBalloonist Collection: The accidental crashing of Mrs Graham's balloon near Piccadilly

The accidental crashing of Mrs Graham's balloon near Piccadilly
3732776 The accidental crashing of Mrs Graham's balloon near Piccadilly; (add.info.: Engraving depicting the accidental crashing of Mrs Graham's balloon near Piccadilly)

Background imageBalloonist Collection: Vincenzo making his first balloon ascent in England

Vincenzo making his first balloon ascent in England
3732562 Vincenzo making his first balloon ascent in England; (add.info.: Engraving depicting Vincenzo Lunardi (1759-1839), an Italian aeronaut, making his first balloon ascent in England

Background imageBalloonist Collection: The Nassau balloon about to ascend from Vauxhall Gardens

The Nassau balloon about to ascend from Vauxhall Gardens
3732718 The Nassau balloon about to ascend from Vauxhall Gardens; (add.info.: Engraving depicting the Nassau balloon about to ascend from Vauxhall Gardens, London)

Background imageBalloonist Collection: Laurent de Guzman's balloon

Laurent de Guzman's balloon
3732686 Laurent de Guzman's balloon; (add.info.: Engraving depicting Laurent de Guzman's balloon. Dated 19th Century.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageBalloonist Collection: Ernest Petin's flying machine

Ernest Petin's flying machine
3732661 Ernest Petin's flying machine; (add.info.: Engraving depicting Ernest Petin's flying machine. Ernest Petin (1812-1879) a French milliner and balloonist

Background imageBalloonist Collection: Andre-Jacques Garnerin making his first parachute descent

Andre-Jacques Garnerin making his first parachute descent
3732755 Andre-Jacques Garnerin making his first parachute descent; (add.info.: Engraving depicting Andre-Jacques Garnerin making his first parachute descent)

Background imageBalloonist Collection: Andre-Jacques Garnerin's parachute design

Andre-Jacques Garnerin's parachute design
3732620 Andre-Jacques Garnerin's parachute design; (add.info.: Engraving depicting Andre-Jacques Garnerin's parachute design)

Background imageBalloonist Collection: Samson's design for a navigable balloon

Samson's design for a navigable balloon
3732740 Samson's design for a navigable balloon; (add.info.: Engraving depicting Samson's design for a navigable balloon. Dated 19th Century.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageBalloonist Collection: Doctor John Potain, 19th century (engraving)

Doctor John Potain, 19th century (engraving)
3733605 Doctor John Potain, 19th century (engraving); (add.info.: Portrait of Doctor John Potain, an 18th century Irish balloonist. Dated 19th century.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageBalloonist Collection: Doctor John Potain, 19th century (engraving)

Doctor John Potain, 19th century (engraving)
3733604 Doctor John Potain, 19th century (engraving); (add.info.: Portrait of Doctor John Potain, an 18th century Irish balloonist. Dated 19th century.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageBalloonist Collection: The Nassau balloon being used to hold up Westminster Bridge

The Nassau balloon being used to hold up Westminster Bridge
3732713 The Nassau balloon being used to hold up Westminster Bridge; (add.info.: Cartoon depicting the Nassau balloon being used to hold up Westminster Bridge, London)

Background imageBalloonist Collection: Dunont de Chambot piercing Jean-Pierre Blanchard's balloon

Dunont de Chambot piercing Jean-Pierre Blanchard's balloon
3732709 Dunont de Chambot piercing Jean-Pierre Blanchard's balloon; (add.info.: Engraving depicting Dunont de Chambot piercing Jean-Pierre Blanchard's balloon)

Background imageBalloonist Collection: Louis-Bernard Guyton de Morveau's ascent from Dijon

Louis-Bernard Guyton de Morveau's ascent from Dijon
3732692 Louis-Bernard Guyton de Morveau's ascent from Dijon; (add.info.: Engraving depicting Louis-Bernard Guyton de Morveau's ascent from Dijon)

Background imageBalloonist Collection: Fashion pieces which mimics balloons

Fashion pieces which mimics balloons
3732680 Fashion pieces which mimics balloons; (add.info.: Illustration depicting fashion pieces of a wealthy couple which mimics balloons. Dated 19th Century.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageBalloonist Collection: Jean-Pierre Blanchard's balloon

Jean-Pierre Blanchard's balloon
3732675 Jean-Pierre Blanchard's balloon; (add.info.: Engraving depicting Jean-Pierre Blanchard's balloon. Dated 18th Century.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageBalloonist Collection: Alphonse Louis Poitevin

Alphonse Louis Poitevin
3732666 Alphonse Louis Poitevin; (add.info.: Cartoon depicting Alphonse Louis Poitevin (1819-1882) a French chemist, photographer and civil engineer, hanging a new moon after the old one had fallen

Background imageBalloonist Collection: A hot-air balloon fitted with a parachute

A hot-air balloon fitted with a parachute
3732624 A hot-air balloon fitted with a parachute; (add.info.: Engraving depicting a hot-air balloon fitted with a parachute. Dated 19th Century.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageBalloonist Collection: Andre-Jacques Garnerin making his first parachute descent

Andre-Jacques Garnerin making his first parachute descent
3732623 Andre-Jacques Garnerin making his first parachute descent; (add.info.: Engraving depicting Andre-Jacques Garnerin making his first parachute descent)

Background imageBalloonist Collection: Andre-Jacques Garnerin's parachute design

Andre-Jacques Garnerin's parachute design
3732621 Andre-Jacques Garnerin's parachute design; (add.info.: Engraving depicting Andre-Jacques Garnerin's parachute design)

Background imageBalloonist Collection: Crowds gathered to watch the landing of the first successful hydrogen filled balloon

Crowds gathered to watch the landing of the first successful hydrogen filled balloon
3732567 Crowds gathered to watch the landing of the first successful hydrogen filled balloon; (add.info.: Crowds gathered, in the Champs de Mars)

Background imageBalloonist Collection: Ernest Petin's flying machine

Ernest Petin's flying machine
3732867 Ernest Petin's flying machine; (add.info.: Engraving depicting Ernest Petin's flying machine: Petin, a Paris milliner r designed this machine in 1850 and, although it was never built)

Background imageBalloonist Collection: A balloonist leaping to his death in order to save his love

A balloonist leaping to his death in order to save his love
3732774 A balloonist leaping to his death in order to save his love; (add.info.: Engraving depicting a balloonist leaping to his death in order to save his love)

Background imageBalloonist Collection: Sophie Blanchard's fatal ballooning accident

Sophie Blanchard's fatal ballooning accident
3732770 Sophie Blanchard's fatal ballooning accident; (add.info.: Engraving depicting Sophie Blanchard's fatal ballooning accident)

Background imageBalloonist Collection: Jean-Pierre Blanchard's balloon

Jean-Pierre Blanchard's balloon
3732754 Jean-Pierre Blanchard's balloon; (add.info.: Engraving depicting Jean-Pierre Blanchard's balloon. Dated 18th Century.); Universal History Archive/UIG



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"The Balloonist: A Journey through Time and Space" Step into the fascinating world of balloonists, where adventure knows no bounds. From the early days of aerostation to modern-day explorations, these fearless individuals have captured our imagination throughout history. The Schneider Trophy, a prestigious air race in the 1920s and 1930s, showcased the incredible skills of balloonists as they pushed the limits of speed and innovation. Their daring feats inspired awe and admiration. Alexander Friedman, a Soviet cosmologist, saw balloons as more than just vessels for flight. He envisioned them as tools for scientific exploration, allowing us to reach new heights and uncover secrets hidden in the skies above. In "The Adventures of Uncle Lubin, " an enchanting children's book from 1902 illustrated by W Heath Robinson, we are transported to a whimsical world where balloonists embark on magical journeys filled with wonder and excitement. Dating back even further is Robertson's Minerve balloon from 1804—a testament to humanity's enduring fascination with flight. This pioneering creation paved the way for future advancements in aviation technology. During the US Civil War, observation balloons played a crucial role in gathering intelligence on enemy movements. These floating platforms provided valuable insights that shaped military strategies during this tumultuous time. Before taking off on their daring expeditions, balloonists would consult with experts at Royal Vauxhall—an iconic pre-flight ritual that ensured safety precautions were meticulously followed before embarking on their airborne adventures. F. H Butler was one such intrepid individual who graced Vanity Fair magazine's pages—an esteemed recognition for his contributions to ballooning history. His passion for flight propelled him skyward amidst an era defined by courage and audacity. Gaspard-Felix Tournachon—known as Nadar—was not only a renowned French photographer but also an avid supporter of ballooning endeavors. Through his lens, he captured breathtaking images that immortalized the spirit of these airborne pioneers.