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Man riding on a steam rocket

The Flight of Intellect. A comic image of a thin man riding on a steam rocket, with his top hat flying off behind him. Portrait of Mr Golightly experimenting on Mess Quick & Speeds new patent high pressure Steam Riding Rocket.
circa 1828

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The Flight of Intellect - A Satirical Take on 1820s Transportation Innovation

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This comic print, titled "The Flight of Intellect," showcases the audacious spirit of invention and the whimsical sense of humor that defined the 1820s. The image depicts a thin, top-hatted man named Mr. Golightly, as he boldly rides a steam rocket, with his hat flying off in the wind behind him. The steam rocket, a creation of Messrs. Quick & Speed, is a testament to the era's fascination with high-pressure steam technology. Mr. Golightly, a man of intellect and curiosity, is seen experimenting with this new patent, pushing the boundaries of transportation and defying the laws of gravity. The satirical tone of the print is evident in the exaggerated features of the steam rocket, which appears more like a comical contraption than a functional vehicle. The lampooning of the technology is further emphasized by the man's nonchalant expression and the plume of smoke billowing from the rocket's chimney. Despite its humorous portrayal, "The Flight of Intellect" underscores the groundbreaking advancements in steam technology during the 1820s. The print serves as a reminder of the daring pioneers who, fueled by their intellect and curiosity, pushed the boundaries of what was possible in the realm of transportation. This image, by The Royal Aeronautical Society (National Aerospace Library) from Mary Evans Prints Online, offers a fascinating glimpse into the past, showcasing the spirit of innovation and the sense of humor that defined the 1820s.

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