Collection Items

  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Ascension de Madame Garnerin, le 28 mars 1802 1 print : etching, hand-colored. | French fashion magazine caricature shows fashionably dressed spectators watching Jeanne-Geneviève Garnerin fly in a balloon. A few years earlier, Garnerin had been the first woman to ascend in a balloon without a male pilot.
    • Date: 1874
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    Fowls of a feather flock together 1 print : etching. | Scottish cartoon shows a group of men conversing as balloons sail overhead. Possibly Scottish balloonist James Tytler and Italian balloonist Vincent Lunardi.
    • Contributor: Kay, John
    • Date: 1785
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    The chamber of genius 1 print : etching, hand-colored. | British cartoon shows an artist wearing nightshirt and painting a picture at his home/studio while his wife, children, and a cat are neglected. Among the pictures on the wall in the background is a balloon "Araeostation."
    • Contributor: Rowlandson, Thomas
    • Date: 1812
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    Rival balloons 1 print : etching. | British cartoon shows how on a windy day a woman's hat is blown off and takes flight like the balloon shown floating in the distance.
    • Date: 1785
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Het jaar 1804!!! 1 print : etching, hand-colored. | Dutch cartoon forecasts aeronautic events for the year 1804 by showing people in hysterics, possibly over an imminent balloon ascension by "Wille van de Heeren Hopman & Loude." From the ceiling hangs a balloon gondola in the style of Charliére equipped with Dutch flags, a cannon, umbrella (or parachute), and a barometer. On the background wall hang pictures...
    • Date: 1794
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Het jaar 1804!!! 1 print : etching, hand-colored. | Dutch cartoon forecasts aeronautic events for the year 1804 by showing a scene at a failing balloon ascension, in the interests of scientific inquiry, possibly by "Wille van de Heeren Hopman & Loude." Men struggle to inflate the balloon, labeled "Lust tot Onderzoek," as laborers bring necessary supplies to the loading area and two draft-dogs strain at a...
    • Date: 1794
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    Greens grosser Luftballon im Lande der Antipoden 1 print : etching, hand-colored. | Austrian print satirizes the intended trans-Atlantic balloon voyage of Charles Green by showing his arrival among the Maori in the Antipodes Islands in the Pacific Ocean.
    • Contributor: Cajetan, J. - Zinke, Johann Wenzel
    • Date: 1840
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    L'opinion 1 print : chromolithograph. | Humorous print shows a theatrical performer on an outdoor stage shooting at a balloon, labeled "L'opinion," as a man leaps from the basket and a woman clings to a rope below the basket. Band members and another actor are startled by the performer's actions, as are several members of the audience who flee.
    • Date: 1870
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    [The day's folly] 1 print : etching with aquatint. | Humorous print shows two women and a man trying to capture a man wearing nightgown before he flies through an open window.
    • Date: 1800
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    La physique confond l'ignorance Dedié aux souscripteurs. 1 print : etching with aquatint. | French cartoon shows a woman (Physics personified) whipping the bare bottom of one man (possibly Janinet) while another (possibly Abbé Miollan), walks away pulling up his trousers. In the background, men are inflating a balloon with hot air from a fire which apparently caused the balloon to ignite and enraged spectators who had paid admission to witness...
    • Date: 1784
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Espérons que ce ballon d'essai ne deviendra pas un ballon captif 1 print : lithograph, hand-colored. | Cartoon shows a hot air balloon labeled "Suffrage Universel" with wings floating above the Pyrenees and headed toward a sign labeled "Espagne".
    • Date: 1850
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    Ils montaient, ils montaient toujours 1 print : lithograph. | French political cartoon shows a greedy Louis Napoleon trying to climb higher by hanging onto the ropes of a balloon, topped with a crown. The basket breaks free spilling bags of money, and a woman and a child hang onto him.
    • Date: 1850
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    La patrie est en danger 1 print : lithograph. | French political cartoon uses a scene from Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels to compare the situation surrounding the 1830 July Revolution in France to the time when l'Assemblée (the French revolutionary government) issued a proclamation on 11 July 1792 in an exaggerated response to a war threat. Print shows Lilliputians fastening Gulliver to the ground and rushing around in other...
    • Date: 1830
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    Prodige de la chimie 1 print : lithograph. | French cartoon shows a long line of people, with more arriving by stagecoach and railroad, at a medicine show where a quack with a lion's head, the "Prodige de la chimie," is marketing his hair tonic "De pommade du lion." In the center, a balloon "Envoi de pommade aux habitants de la lune" is being inflated.
    • Contributor: Maurisset, Théodore
    • Date: 1839
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Voyage a la lune 1 print : lithograph, hand-colored. | French cartoon shows a man riding on a bicycle-like flying machine while looking through a telescope attached to the front. Two balloons, "Veloc[ipedes]" and "Domanie," are attached at front and rear as are propeller-like wheels.
    • Date: 1865
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    Aventures de Bavolet 1 print : lithograph, hand-colored. | French adventure comic shows Bavolet, a sailor, traveling by balloon to an unknown country ("Inconnu") where the animals behave like humans. A pair of rabbits seems friendly, then the female tries to stab him, and he strangles her. Disenchanted, he returns to his own country by parachute.
    • Date: 1860
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Les quatre éléments. Louis était un enfant léger qui n'apportait aucume application à l'étude; ... 1 print : lithograph, hand-colored. | French comic strip shows a young boy, "Louis," who decides to apply himself at school after unfortunate experiences with the four elements. Louis learns about fire by getting burned while working for a baker; about water by falling into a stream while working with fishermen; about the earth by hurting his back while employed with a gardner; and...
    • Date: 1830
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Portrait d'après nature de quatre phisiciens celebres volants sans ballon 1 print : etching, hand-colored. | French cartoon shows Abbé Miollan as a cat and Janinet with bag of money(?) over his shoulder beating a hasty retreat after the failure of their balloon ascension attempt on July 11, 1784 enraged the crowd of spectators at the Luxembourg gardens in Paris.
    • Date: 1784
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    L'ignorance prouvée. Ou les evénements de la journée du 11 juillet 1784 au Luxembourg 1 print : etching, hand-colored. | French cartoon ridicules the attempt of Abbé Miollan and Janinet to ascend in a hot air balloon by showing the balloon on fire and billowing smoke while being inflated on July 11, 1784 at the Luxembourg gardens in Paris. On the left, a woman (Physics personified) is whipping the bare bottom of Janinet ("L'Asinet") as he attempts to...
    • Date: 1784
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Sic itur ad astra. Rodolfo Afflitto da Montefiascone, un ciccio ad incontrar dentro il pallone 1 print : lithograph. | Italian cartoon shows a man sitting on an upside-down balloon labeled "Prefettura di Napoli," using the balloon basket as a parachute.
    • Date: 1863
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    La daguerreotypomanie 1 print : lithograph. | French cartoon about the rush to try photography after Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre revealed his process in 1839. Print shows long lines of people waiting to be photographed and others eager to support the craze by providing training and a vast array of photographic equipment. Several men hanging from gallows, "Potences a louer pour MM les graveurs," represent the...
    • Contributor: Maurisset, Théodore
    • Date: 1840
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    Nadar 1 print : lithograph, hand-colored. | French caricature of photographer and balloonist Nadar hanging onto his balloon, "Le Géant," as it drifts with the wind currents. The basket of the balloon is depicted as a camera.
    • Contributor: Humbert, Albert
    • Date: 1863
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    Nadar 1 print : lithograph, hand-colored. | French caricature of photographer and balloonist Nadar, standing next to his camera and holding a quill pen in right hand. A balloon hovers in the background.
    • Contributor: Gill, André
    • Date: 1878
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    Notre drapeau 1 print : lithograph, hand-colored. | French caricature of Léon Gambetta, French republican statesman, holding the French flag and a telescope, seated atop a captive balloon, possibly at the Exposition universelle de 1878 in Paris.
    • Contributor: Le Petit, Alfred
    • Date: 1878