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Ballooning Gallery

Balloons, ballooning and tales of balloon flight

Choose from 30 pictures in our Ballooning collection for your Wall Art or Photo Gift. All professionally made for Quick Shipping.


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A hand-coloured lantern slide showing Shadbolt's balloon Reliance taking off from the grounds of Alexandra Palace, with large crowds watching. A second balloon is preparing for launch. Shadbolt flew in Reliance from Alexandra Palace on 29th May 1882 when he took his first aerial photographs; this image may record this event. From the Cecil Victor Shadbolt collection of lantern slides dating from 1882-1885

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Tales of balloon flight. This unmanned balloon, Le Globe was launched by Jacques Charles and the Robert brothers on the Champ de Mars, Paris, on 27th August 1783, landing in Gonnesse after a forty-five minute flight, where it terrified local peasants who destroyed the balloon. Hand-coloured engraving shows peasants attacking the balloon. From the Cecil Victor Shadbolt collection of lantern slides dating from 1882-1892

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