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Le tricolore, Tissandier Collection, France
The Tissandier brothers, Gaston Tissandier (1843-1899) and Albert (1839-1906) combine such gifts as balloonist, writer, and illustrator. While Gaston tested the limits of balloon ascension, Albert made drawings of natural phenomena in the upper atmosphere.

Gaston studied chemistry and in 1864 became the head of the experimental laboratory of Union Nationales. He was also a teacher at Association Polytechnique. His interest in meteorology led him to take up aviation. His first trip in the air was conducted at Calais in 1868 together with Claude-Jules Dufour, where his balloon drifted out over the sea and was brought back by an air stream of opposite direction in a higher layer of air. In September 1870, during the Franco-Prussian War, he managed to leave the besieged Paris by balloon.

Gaston Tissandier reported his meteorological observations to the French Academy of Sciences. In 1873 he founded the weekly scientific magazine La Nature, which he edited until 1896, after which it was continued by others. As a team, the brothers developed a design for an electric-powered airship in 1885: In 1883, Tissandier fit a Siemens electric motor to an airship, thus creating the first electric-powered flight.

Gaston's most adventurous air trip took place near Paris in April 1875. He and companions Joseph Crocé-Spinelli, journalist, and Théodore Henri Sivel, naval officer, were able to reach in a balloon the unheard-of altitude of 8,600 meters (28,000 feet). Both of his companions died from breathing the thin air. Tissandier survived but became deaf.

The Library of Congress Tissandier Collection contains approximately 975 items documenting the early history of aeronautics with an emphasis on balloon flight in France and other European countries. The pictures, created by many different artists, span the years 1773 to 1910. The collection comprises images of flights the Tissandier brothers participated in as well as flights they observed between 1865 and 1885. Gaston Tissandier flew over enemy lines during the Siege of Paris in 1870, and Albert made drawings of several balloons that were used to carry passengers and supplies over enemy lines.
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[Four scenes of men and women courting(?) while riding in balloons captioned with rebuses ]

[Four scenes of men and women courting(?) while riding in balloons cap...

Tissandier collection. Public domain photograph of electric motor, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Tivoli. Le dimanche 22 aout, 1824, grand fete extraordinaire a l'occasion de la Saint-Louis. Ascension en balon, par M. Margat ...

Tivoli. Le dimanche 22 aout, 1824, grand fete extraordinaire a l'occas...

Text-only broadside announcing a balloon ascension by Jean Margat, August 22, 1824, Tivoli, Paris, at a festival on the occasion of St. Louis Day. Text indicates Margat will stand on an oblong platform below a ... More

Elevazione aereobatica eseguita da Francezco Orlandi in Bologna nei puba. giardini li 6 Novembre 1828

Elevazione aereobatica eseguita da Francezco Orlandi in Bologna nei pu...

Print shows the balloon of Francesco Orlandi ascending over the public gardens of Bologna, Italy, November 6, 1828. (Source: A.G. Renstrom, LC staff, 1981-82.) Tissandier collection.

Ils montaient, ils montaient toujours, Political Cartoon

Ils montaient, ils montaient toujours, Political Cartoon

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 ... More

Éxperience du globe ae̋rostatique du MM. Charles et Robert, au Jardin des Thuileries le 1er decembre 1783

Éxperience du globe ae̋rostatique du MM. Charles et Robert, au Jardin ...

Print shows Jacques Alexandre César Charles and Marie-Noël Robert riding in the gondola of a balloon ascending from the Tuileries Garden, Paris, France, December 1, 1783 in the first hydrogen balloon flight. (S... More

La pensée s'élève, le souvenir demeure

La pensée s'élève, le souvenir demeure

Collecting card shows balloon flying over a bridge and waterway as letters fall from the balloon basket to birds on ground below. Tissandier collection.

Ascension de la colossale Montgolfiére L'Aigle conduite par Eugène Godard, aéronaute de l'empereur ...

Ascension de la colossale Montgolfiére L'Aigle conduite par Eugène God...

Admission ticket to Eugène Godard's ascent in the balloon "L'Aigle" from a location in France. Includes a picture of a balloon decorated with flags and an eagle emblem. Tissandier collection.

Champ-de-Mars. Première ascension aérostatique du ballon le Pole Nord executee le dimanche 27 juin, a cinq heures, au profit de l'expedition de M. Gustave Lambert ...

Champ-de-Mars. Première ascension aérostatique du ballon le Pole Nord ...

Broadside announcing an ascension of the giant balloon "Le Pole Nord" from the Champ-de-Mars, Paris, June 27, 1869. Proceeds from the event, organized by balloonists Wilfrid de Fonvielle and Gaston Tissandier,... More

Affiche. -- Dépêche placardée à Lyon, et annonçant l'atterrissage du ballon-poste piloté par Gaston Tissandier.

Affiche. -- Dépêche placardée à Lyon, et annonçant l'atterrissage du b...

Picryl description: Public domain illustrated book page scan, drawings, free to use art, no copyright restrictions image.

[Aerialist wearing wings strapped to his shoulders and feet while suspended from a balloon]

[Aerialist wearing wings strapped to his shoulders and feet while susp...

Tissandier collection. Public domain image of a balloon aerostat, early aeronautics, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Ascension du 26 septembre 1876, 700 mètres / Albert Tissandier.

Ascension du 26 septembre 1876, 700 mètres / Albert Tissandier.

Drawing shows Gaston and Albert Tissandier ascending in their balloon, "Zénith." (Source: A.G. Renstrom, LC staff, 1981-82)

[Tribute to French ballonist Henri Giffard in the form of a handwritten French text shaped as a balloon, inside a printed floral border] / C.T. ; Clarey & Gibert, Tours.

[Tribute to French ballonist Henri Giffard in the form of a handwritte...

Tribute written by Mr. Wrabelly of Hungary, town of Pressbourg (Bratislava), on the occasion of seeing the giant Giffard balloon exhibited in the Tuileries gardens during his visit to the World Exposition held ... More

Joseph Montgolfier de l'Academie des sciences, belles lettres, et artes de Lyon, inveniteur de la machine aerostatique ou ballon / Héliog. & imp. J. & A. Lemercier.

Joseph Montgolfier de l'Academie des sciences, belles lettres, et arte...

Half-length portrait of French balloonist Joseph Montgolfier, with a glass chamber related to his experiments with gas for balloon flight. "DB 1784" printed below portrait. Tissandier collection.

[Dupuy de Lôme, marine engineer who built a dirigible for the French government in 1872, head-and-shoulders portrait]

[Dupuy de Lôme, marine engineer who built a dirigible for the French g...

Tissandier collection. Public domain scan of portrait print from Library of Congress, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Réunion annuelle des collaborateurs de "La Nature," premier diner offert a M. Gaston Tissandier sous la Présidence de M. Cailletet, membre de l'Institut ... / Poyet.

Réunion annuelle des collaborateurs de "La Nature," premier diner offe...

Illustrated menu for a dinner held in honor of Gaston Tissandier at the Hotel Continental, Paris, March, 1887. Includes a profile portrait of Tissandier. Tissandier collection.

[Félix Nadar, half-length portrait, standing in the basket of a balloon, holding binoculars]

[Félix Nadar, half-length portrait, standing in the basket of a balloo...

"Dans votre Elixer de longue vie, ... Marseilles, Jan. '97, Nadar" printed below image. Tissandier collection.

Image from page 37 of "La navigation aérienne : l'aviation et la direction des aérostats dans les temps anciens et modernes" (1886)

Image from page 37 of "La navigation aérienne : l'aviation et la dire...

Identifier: 39002011210698.med.yale.edu.Title: La navigation aérienne : l'aviation et la direction des aérostats dans les temps anciens et modernes ( ...internetarchivebookimages/tags/bookid39002011210698.med... More

City desk / World-Telegram photo by Fred Palumbo.

City desk / World-Telegram photo by Fred Palumbo.

Newspaper editorial staff in the newsroom. NYWT&S staff photo. New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection.

[Captive balloon with clock face and bell, floating above the Eiffel Tower, Paris, France] / Camille Grávis.

[Captive balloon with clock face and bell, floating above the Eiffel T...

Tissandier collection. Public domain image of a balloon aerostat, early aeronautics, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

[Eiffel Tower machinery with man beside wheel that raises elevator(?), during Paris Exposition] / ND phot.

[Eiffel Tower machinery with man beside wheel that raises elevator(?),...

Albert Tissandier Collection. Photograph attributed to Napoleon Dufeu. Published in: When the Eiffel Tower was new / Miriam R. Levin. South Hadley, Mass. : Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, 1989.

[French balloonist Jacques Alexandre César Charles receiving a wreath from Apollo, while cherubs and an angel surround his balloon] / E.A. Tilly, sc. ; Nageon[?], inv. & del. 1788.

[French balloonist Jacques Alexandre César Charles receiving a wreath ...

Tissandier collection. Public domain scan of portrait print from Library of Congress, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

M. Garnerin / drawn and engraved by Edward Hawke-Locker, from a sketch made on their aerial voyage July 5, 1802.

M. Garnerin / drawn and engraved by Edward Hawke-Locker, from a sketch...

Head-and-shoulders profile portrait of French balloonist and parachutist, A.J. Garnerin, with banner above "Audax aereos gaudet tentare volatus." Tissandier collection.

Ou présente à signer un procès verbal aux curés celui qui ligne a des lunettes

Ou présente à signer un procès verbal aux curés celui qui ligne a des ...

Drawing shows Professor J.A.C. Charles reascending in balloon from the Nesle plain, France, on December 1, 1783, where he had landed shortly before, accompanied by Marie Noel Robert in a two hour journey from P... More

Aérotère / H. Francois., Tissandier Collection, France

Aérotère / H. Francois., Tissandier Collection, France

Print shows a boat-like vehicle on wheels with parachutes. Tissandier collection.

[Design drawing for a navigational system for an airship employing six balloons and parachutes, a deck, superstructure, and basket below]

[Design drawing for a navigational system for an airship employing six...

Tissandier collection. Public domain image of an airship, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Coronation procession of his majesty George the Fourth, 19th July, 1821 / drawn & etched by W. Heath.

Coronation procession of his majesty George the Fourth, 19th July, 182...

Print shows a street procession with King George IV at his coronation festivities on July 19, 1821, in St. James' Park, London. Balloon flying at upper right represents balloonist Charles Green's first ascensi... More

Dn. Vicente Lunardi, vive en el Coliseo del Buen Retiro

Dn. Vicente Lunardi, vive en el Coliseo del Buen Retiro

Print shows banner with name of Italian balloonist Vincent Lunardi; includes figure playing a drum and two others dancing. "Preco" printed below image. "Bilhete d'introduc̦ão na Platca do Anfitheatro do Terreir... More

Experience aërostatique faite à Lyon; d'un ballon de cent pieds de diamètre le 10 [i.e. 19] janvier 1784, à midi 48 min[u]tes

Experience aërostatique faite à Lyon; d'un ballon de cent pieds de dia...

Print shows the balloon, "Le Flesselles" ascending over Lyon, France, on January 19, 1784, carrying seven passengers including Joseph Montgolfier and Jean François Pilâtre de Rozier. (Source: A.G. Renstrom, LC ... More

Patent drawing - Navire aérien dirigeable. Systême J.B. Métivier, force ascensionnelle 90,000 kos. Public domain  image

Patent drawing - Navire aérien dirigeable. Systême J.B. Métivier, forc...

Scaled design drawing for a patent submitted by J.B. Métivier shows two cross-sections for a fish shaped airship utilizing balloons, sails, bellows, and propellers to transport passengers. (Source: A.G. Renstro... More

[View of the Paris Exposition of 1867 showing waterfront, main exhibit building, and balloon flying in the distance]

[View of the Paris Exposition of 1867 showing waterfront, main exhibit...

Tissandier collection. Public domain image of a balloon aerostat, early aeronautics, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Moteur hydrostatique & a base de tous liquides à mouvement perpetuel relatif, c'est-à-dire, soumis à la casse, à l'usure des pièces, à l'entretien de sa base & à la volanté de l'homme / Invention de J.B. Métivier, 1867, Paris.

Moteur hydrostatique & a base de tous liquides à mouvement perpetuel r...

Design drawings for a hydrostatic motor capable of up to 100,000 horse power, for use in air, sea and land transportation, invented by J.B. Metivier in 1867. (Source: A.G. Renstrom, LC staff, 1981-82). Tissand... More

Nadar / And. Gill., Nadar Collection 1850-1910

Nadar / And. Gill., Nadar Collection 1850-1910

French caricature of photographer and balloonist Nadar hanging onto the rope netting around a balloon which appears to have lost its basket. Illus. in: La lune, no. 65, 2 juin 1867, cover. Tissandier collection.

Le Neptune. J. Duruof / Lith. Riboulet.

Le Neptune. J. Duruof / Lith. Riboulet.

Print shows the balloon "Le Neptune, J. Duruof" flying with passengers, in reference to Jules Duruof's ascent over Prussian enemy lines on September 23, 1870 during the Siege of Paris. Tissandier collection.

Léon Gambetta / Yves & Barret, sc. ; And. Gill.

Léon Gambetta / Yves & Barret, sc. ; And. Gill.

French caricature of Léon Gambetta, French republican statesman, leaning on the back of a chair and looking up at vignettes of himself. He escaped the Siege of Paris in the balloon, "L'Armand Barbes" October 7,... More

Histoire populaire des ballons et des ascensions célèbres ...

Histoire populaire des ballons et des ascensions célèbres ...

Advertisement for a book by A. Sircos on the history of ballooning, published in 1876 by F. Roy, with illustrations by Albert Tissandier and a preface by F. Nadar. Includes picture of a balloon in flight and ea... More

Une expédition aérienne jeu instructif et amusant pour la jeunesse.

Une expédition aérienne jeu instructif et amusant pour la jeunesse.

Gameboard shows a varied landscape and waterfront filled with 21 numbered balloons. Chart at right illustrates 17 different combinations of numbers on a pair of dice. Title from accompanying game instruction sh... More

Les ateliers de constructions aéronautiques Lachambre à Vaugirard, en 1883. Dessin d'Albert Tissandier.

Les ateliers de constructions aéronautiques Lachambre à Vaugirard, en ...

Picryl description: Public domain illustrated book page scan, drawings, free to use art, no copyright restrictions image.

Paris Exposition; view of Paris from arched balcony of Eiffel Tower, Paris Exposition, 1889

Paris Exposition; view of Paris from arched balcony of Eiffel Tower, P...

This record contains unverified data from old caption card. Tissandier Collection. Caption card tracings: Exposition universelle de 1889 (Paris, France); Exhibitions France Paris 1880-1890; Tour Eiffel (Paris,... More

[Crowd of passengers wave from basket of ascending balloon]

[Crowd of passengers wave from basket of ascending balloon]

Tissandier collection. Public domain image of a balloon aerostat, early aeronautics, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

[Maison tournante aérienne] / A. Robida.

[Maison tournante aérienne] / A. Robida.

Drawing shows a dwelling structure elevated above rooftops and designed to revolve and adjust in various directions. An occupant points to an airship with a fish-shaped bag in the sky lower right. One of the ar... More

B. Franklin of Philadelphia L.L.D. F.R.S. / M. Chamberlin pinxt. ; E. Fisher fecit.

B. Franklin of Philadelphia L.L.D. F.R.S. / M. Chamberlin pinxt. ; E. ...

Print shows Benjamin Franklin, three-quarter length portrait, seated at desk, looking to his right at an electrical device, in his left hand are papers upon which he is taking notes, and visible through a windo... More

Exposition universelle de 1889--Pavillon de l'industrie du gaz / ND Phot.

Exposition universelle de 1889--Pavillon de l'industrie du gaz / ND Ph...

Gas industry pavilion, Paris Exposition of 1889. No. 761. Albert Tissandier Collection. Photograph possibly by Napoleon Dufeu.

[A lighter-than-air craft, consisting of one large balloon and four smaller balloons harnessed together, decorated with French flags]

[A lighter-than-air craft, consisting of one large balloon and four sm...

Drawing shows balloon carrying two men, possibly associated with French ballonist, Eugène Godard. "Eugène Godard" penned below image. Tissandier collection.

Disegno della seconda macchina rappresentante un luogo di delizia dove colla decorazione di una piacevole bambocciata, si dispone il volo di un pallone aereostatico ... / Guis. Palarzi, arch. inventé ; Franco Barbarza, incise.

Disegno della seconda macchina rappresentante un luogo di delizia dove...

Print shows a device for creating firework displays. The machine's shape represents a place of delight in which was arranged the flight of an aerostatic balloon. The fireworks are part of the annual homage paid... More

[Airship powered by an electric motor developed by Albert and Gaston Tissandier departing from Auteuil, Paris, France, October 8, 1883] / Poyet, del ; E. A. Tilly.

[Airship powered by an electric motor developed by Albert and Gaston T...

Picryl description: Public domain image of an early aircraft, balloon, airship, free to use, no copyright restrictions.

En ballon / dessiné par Nadar ; gravé par Hildibrand.

En ballon / dessiné par Nadar ; gravé par Hildibrand.

Series of twelve cartoons, each separately captioned, shows two men, Vagissel and Barnichon, who ride in a balloon to get a bird's-eye view of the ground below. However, after enduring extremes of weather and ... More

All on fire, or the doctors disappointed, a view taken in Lord Foleys Garden, Sep. 29, 1784

All on fire, or the doctors disappointed, a view taken in Lord Foleys ...

Print shows second trial by Dr. John Sheldon, anatomist, to launch a balloon at Lord Foley's grounds in Portland Place, London, which resulted in the balloon's destruction by fire (Source: L.T.C. Rolt, The Aero... More

A Etienne de Montgolfier, cooperateur et inventeur de l'art aérostatique / Binet, del., ; Le Beau, sculp.

A Etienne de Montgolfier, cooperateur et inventeur de l'art aérostatiq...

Head-and-shoulders profile portrait of French balloonist, Jacques-Etienne Montgolfier. Tissandier collection.

Francois Seraphin Delpech - Gay-Lussac / lith. Delpech., Head and Shoulders Portrait

Francois Seraphin Delpech - Gay-Lussac / lith. Delpech., Head and Shou...

Head-and-shoulders portrait of French scientist and balloonist Gay-Lussac who tested several hypotheses on the earth's atmosphere. Tissandier collection.

Jos. de Montgolfier, chevalier de l'ordre de St. Michel, inventeur de l'art ae̋rostatique / Binet, del., ; Le Beau, sculp.

Jos. de Montgolfier, chevalier de l'ordre de St. Michel, inventeur de ...

Head-and-shoulders profile portrait of French balloonist, Joseph Montgolfier. Tissandier collection.

Louis Bernard Guyton-Morveau, né à Dijon le 4 janvier 1737 / Dess. et gravé au physionotrace par Quenedey, rue Croix des Petits Champs, no. 10,à Paris.

Louis Bernard Guyton-Morveau, né à Dijon le 4 janvier 1737 / Dess. et ...

Head-and-shoulders profile portrait of French scientist Louis Bernard Guyton-Morveau. Tissandier collection.

[Spectators in an arena viewing the ascension of a balloon driven by propellers with an inflation device in the foreground] / G. Meloni disegnò e inv.

[Spectators in an arena viewing the ascension of a balloon driven by p...

Tissandier collection. Public domain scan of lithograph illustration, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Le Colonel Coutelle, chef des aérostiers, en 1794 / Pelletier, del. ; lith. de Monnoyer.

Le Colonel Coutelle, chef des aérostiers, en 1794 / Pelletier, del. ; ...

Head-and-shoulders portrait of Jean Marie Joseph Coutelle, commander of the first military balloon observation unit in 1794. Tissandier collection.

Francesco Arban, Head and Shoulders Portrait

Francesco Arban, Head and Shoulders Portrait

Head-and-shoulders portrait of French balloonist Francesco Arban in a circle of clouds. Tissandier collection.

La patrie est en danger / F. d'Orléans, j[ui]n 1830.

La patrie est en danger / F. d'Orléans, j[ui]n 1830.

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 gove... More

By permission and under the patronage of the worshipful the mayor ... Mr. Gypson, will make his 26th ascent, and first from Daventry on Monday, August 31st, 1840 ... with his magnificent silk balloon

By permission and under the patronage of the worshipful the mayor ... ...

Broadside announcing a balloon ascension by Richard Gypson from the Gas Works, Daventry, England, 1840. Includes a picture of a balloon in flight. Tissandier collection.

Nicolas Jacques Conté / Roehn, delt. ; Delaunay, sct.

Nicolas Jacques Conté / Roehn, delt. ; Delaunay, sct.

Head-and-shoulders portrait of Nicolas Conté, who experimented with the use of hydrogen for balloons. Tissandier collection.

Voyage a la lune - Drawing. Public domain image.

Voyage a la lune - Drawing. Public domain image.

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 pro... More

[Scaled design drawing for the valve assembly of a balloon, including top, bottom, and side views] / J. Chavoutier, architecte, r. Louis LeGrand 37, Paris.

[Scaled design drawing for the valve assembly of a balloon, including ...

Tissandier collection. Public domain scan of decorative drawing, decor elements, art design, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

L'opinion / lith Van Geleyn. - Lithograph, public domain, Library of Congress

L'opinion / lith Van Geleyn. - Lithograph, public domain, Library of C...

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... More

Grand Balloon... de Mr. Henry Giffard, 1878 - Crowd at outdoor cafe "Buffet de Ballon Captif" in Tuillerie Gardens]

Grand Balloon... de Mr. Henry Giffard, 1878 - Crowd at outdoor cafe "B...

This record contains unverified data from old caption card. Tissandier Collection. Sepia photoprint by Dagron.

[Commemorative portrait of balloonists Charles Renard, Dupuy de Lôme, and Arthur Krebs, inventors and military officers who were charged with developing a navigable balloon during the Siege of Paris] / Gilbert.

[Commemorative portrait of balloonists Charles Renard, Dupuy de Lôme, ...

Tissandier collection. Public domain photograph - Portrait, United States, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

[Gaston Tissandier, French balloonist, head-and-shoulders portrait] / H. Thiriat.

[Gaston Tissandier, French balloonist, head-and-shoulders portrait] / ...

Tissandier collection. Public domain scan of portrait print from Library of Congress, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Ville de Saint-Germain-en-Laye. 63me conférence de la bibliothèque populaire dans la salle du théatre, le mercredi 13 avril 1881 ... par M. Gaston Tissandier ... sur l'exploration de l'atmosphère par les aérostats. Projections à la lumière oxhydrique, par M. Molteni

Ville de Saint-Germain-en-Laye. 63me conférence de la bibliothèque pop...

Text-only broadside announcing Gaston Tissandier's lecture on his exploration of the atmosphere by balloon, held April 13, 1881, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France, as part of a library program. Tissandier collection.

Gaston Tissandier dans sa nacelle. Aquarelle de Maurice Leloir (1887).

Gaston Tissandier dans sa nacelle. Aquarelle de Maurice Leloir (1887).

Picryl description: Public domain photo of portrait art painting, free to use, no copyright restrictions image.

[Architectural drawing showing elevation, cross section, and plan for a "hirondellier militair," a military aviary for swallows used as messenger birds] / Paris, le 25 j[...], '89.

[Architectural drawing showing elevation, cross section, and plan for ...

Includes descriptive text. Scale: Echelle de 0m.02 p.m. Tissandier collection.

Chateau aérien. Ballon captif à cloisons étanches, système Tobiansky. Exposition universelle 1894.

Chateau aérien. Ballon captif à cloisons étanches, système Tobiansky. ...

Belgian poster shows an air station suspended by a captive balloon at the 1894 world's fair in Antwerp, Belgium. Advertises Alfred Tobiansky d'Altoff's patented device for moving passengers from a platform on t... More

Flying / J.W. Lowry, sculpt. - Drawing. Public domain image.

Flying / J.W. Lowry, sculpt. - Drawing. Public domain image.

Technical illustration shows Besnier's 1678 design for a flying machine using arm and leg power, two views of Jakob Degen's man-powered flying machine, and two views after designs published in Thomas Walker's "... More

[Young woman putting flowers on statue of Cupid looks over her shoulder and sees the balloon carrying Jacques Charles and Marie Noel Robert on the first manned gas balloon flight, from Paris, December 1, 1783]

[Young woman putting flowers on statue of Cupid looks over her shoulde...

Accompanied by letter clipped from a book and note by Paul Tissandier. Tissandier collection.

Elisa Garnerin, aeronaute / Jules Porreau, sc., 1854.

Elisa Garnerin, aeronaute / Jules Porreau, sc., 1854.

Head-and-shoulders profile portrait of French balloonist Elisa Garnerin. Library has two versions: printed in brown ink (no. 49) and black ink (no. 50). Tissandier collection.

[Lunar halo and luminescent cross observed during the balloon Zénith's long distance flight from Paris to Arcachon in March, 1875]

[Lunar halo and luminescent cross observed during the balloon Zénith's...

Possibly drawn by Albert Tissandier. Title and date devised by Library staff, based on illustrations in Histoire de mes ascensions ... / par Gaston Tissandier. Paris : M. Dreyfous, 1878. Tissandier collection. ... More

The splendid model of the parachute or flying machine, with which the late Mons. Le Tur ascended from Cremorne Gardens ... will be exhibited in the large room of the above house on Monday next, the 28th, August, 1854 ...

The splendid model of the parachute or flying machine, with which the ...

Text-only broadside announcing an exhibit of a parachute model at Cremorne Gardens, Chelsea, London, 1854. The model replicates the parachute used by French aeronaut François Letur during his fatal parachute de... More

N.J. Conté. Obrist der Infanterie, Mitglied des Aegyptischen Instituts, geb. zu St. Cnery im Orne Departement den 4ten Aug. 1755, gest. den 6ten Decbr., 1805 zu Paris / A. Burch[...].

N.J. Conté. Obrist der Infanterie, Mitglied des Aegyptischen Instituts...

Head-and-shoulders portrait of Nicolas Conté, who experimented with the use of hydrogen for balloons. Tissandier collection.

Expérience du globe aërostatique du MM. les freres Robert au Jardin des Thuileries

Expérience du globe aërostatique du MM. les freres Robert au Jardin de...

Print shows Anne-Jean and Marie-Noël Robert riding in the gondola of a balloon ascending from the Tuileries Garden, Paris, France, September 19, 1784, accompanied by Colin Hulin. (Source: A.G. Renstrom, LC staf... More

Giuseppe Girolamo Lalande / Demarchi, dis. ; Bonini, inc.

Giuseppe Girolamo Lalande / Demarchi, dis. ; Bonini, inc.

Full-length portrait of French astronomer Joseph Jérôme Lalande. Tissandier collection.

Etienne & Joseph Montgolfier, Tissandier Collection, France

Etienne & Joseph Montgolfier, Tissandier Collection, France

Bust-length double profile portrait of the Montgolfier brothers, French ballonists. After the gold medal designed by Houdon. Printed above portrait: MS C.L. no. 429. Tissandier collection.

Concours sur le meilleur moyen d'élever un ballon sans perte de gaz de lest / Louis Panafieu, membre de la Société aèrostatique.

Concours sur le meilleur moyen d'élever un ballon sans perte de gaz de...

Design drawing shows proposal by Louis Panafieu in which the operator in an open car attached to the balloon achieves lift without loss of gas in ballast by manipulating cords on underside of the balloon. Inclu... More

Rotundo [i.e. Rotunda] Gardens. Mr. Hampton's grand 77th ascent with his new royal Irish national balloon, Erin-Go-Bragh the first ascent this season, will take place on Easter Monday, 24th April, 1848.

Rotundo [i.e. Rotunda] Gardens. Mr. Hampton's grand 77th ascent with h...

Broadside announcing an ascension and parachute jump from the Rotunda Gardens, Dublin, Ireland, by balloonist John Hampton. Includes a picture of his balloon "Erin-Go-Bragh." Tissandier collection.

Kermesse au jardin des plantes (8 septembre) / A. J. Lallemand, sculpt.

Kermesse au jardin des plantes (8 septembre) / A. J. Lallemand, sculpt...

Print shows a woman in the basket of an inflated balloon on the ground at right ready for ascent and a crowd in the foreground gathered to celebrate a September fair in the Royal Gardens, Paris, France. Tissan... More

La locomotion aérienne passive. Principes de la nature sur la chûte reelle des corps, opposé aux lois scientifiques / / lith. Schmid.

La locomotion aérienne passive. Principes de la nature sur la chûte re...

Technical illustration shows 14 figures with various designs for parachutes, including Blanchard's parachute, and several vessels with wings. "Invt. & constr. de Tollin" below fig. 11. Illus. from: L'aéronauti... More

[Balloon "Columba" flying with two passengers]

[Balloon "Columba" flying with two passengers]

Tissandier collection. Public domain image of a balloon aerostat, early aeronautics, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

L'Espérance en traversant l'espace vous portera mes plus douces pensées et mes meilleurs voeux

L'Espérance en traversant l'espace vous portera mes plus douces pensée...

Collecting card shows balloon "L'Espérance" flying over a landscape with two birds carrying a flower and a letter as passengers. Tissandier collection.

Projet dʹenceinte pour gonflement dʹaerostat / J. Chavoutier, architecte, r. Louis LeGrand 37, Paris.

Projet dʹenceinte pour gonflement dʹaerostat / J. Chavoutier, architec...

Design drawing of a circular enclosed area for inflating balloons featuring underground pipe lines. Includes site plan and section. Tissandier collection.

Projet dʹenceinte pour gonflement dʹaerostat / J. Chavoutier, architecte, r. Louis LeGrand 37, Paris.

Projet dʹenceinte pour gonflement dʹaerostat / J. Chavoutier, architec...

Design drawing of a circular enclosed area for inflating balloons featuring underground pipe lines. Includes site plan and section, with balloon tethered in position Tissandier collection.

Le lest / Ch. Gilbert Martin. - Drawing. Public domain image.

Le lest / Ch. Gilbert Martin. - Drawing. Public domain image.

French cartoon shows Marianne (symbol of France) in a balloon labeled "R.F." in the colors of the French flag, jettisoning men from a bag as if they were ballast. Illus. from: Le Don Quichotte, 2ne année, no. ... More

A lʹhippodrome - l'equilibre dans l'air / Lefman, sc.

A lʹhippodrome - l'equilibre dans l'air / Lefman, sc.

French caricature shows the balloonist Camille Dartois in a balloon labeled "Hippodrome" and Bradbury, a circus performer, standing while riding a horse at the Hippodrome, Paris. Illus. from: La grenouille, pr... More

[Tomb of Croce-Spinelli and Sivel (French scientists), killed in the crash of the balloon Zenith, 15 Apr. 1875]

[Tomb of Croce-Spinelli and Sivel (French scientists), killed in the c...

This record contains unverified data from old caption card, with subsequent revisions. Tissandier Collection. Caption card tracings: Croce-Spinelli, Joseph Eustache, 1845-1875; Sivel, Henri Theodore, 1834-1875... More

[Spectators watch the balloon "Le Monde" ascending over an open field] / MB.

[Spectators watch the balloon "Le Monde" ascending over an open field]...

The same image is printed twice along a circular sheet with a scalloped edge, intended to be pasted together along one edge to form a decorative cone. Tissandier collection.

[Collecting cards depicting a story about a Chinese governor of "Bac-Ninh," who, while relaxing on a hill with his rabbits, is frightened by an approaching balloon carrying sailors. The sailors land, capture the governor and his rabbits, and make rabbit stew]

[Collecting cards depicting a story about a Chinese governor of "Bac-N...

Sheet of 11 uncut cards, individually numbered from 1 to 10. Sheet includes duplicate cards for no. 7. French captions on each card. Tissandier collection.

[Aerial view of Paris, France, from balloon, showing the Eiffel Tower in center foreground, taken during the Paris Exposition of 1889]

[Aerial view of Paris, France, from balloon, showing the Eiffel Tower ...

Tissandier Collection. Public domain photograph - historic landmark, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Eiffel tower, Tissandier Collection, France, Paris Exposition, 1889

Eiffel tower, Tissandier Collection, France, Paris Exposition, 1889

This record contains unverified data from old caption card. Tissandier Collection. Caption card tracings: Exposition universelle de 1889 (Paris, France); Exhibitions France Paris 1880-1890; Tour Eiffel (Paris, ... More

A consultation previous to an aerial voyage from London to Weilburg in Nassau on the 7th day of November, 1836 / painted by J. Hollins, A.R.A. ; engraved by J.H. Robinson, hon. member of the Imperial Academy of St. Petersburgh.

A consultation previous to an aerial voyage from London to Weilburg in...

Group portrait with balloon in the background of (from left to right) W. Prideaux, J. Hollins, W. M. James, Robert Hollond, Charles Green, and Thomas Monck Mason. Hollond was a sponsor of the 500 mile flight ta... More

[Departure of Jacques Charles and Marie-Noel Robert's 'aerostatic globe' balloon from the Jardin des Tuileries, Paris, on Dec. 1, 1783]

[Departure of Jacques Charles and Marie-Noel Robert's 'aerostatic glob...

Drawing shows Jacques Charles and Nicolas Marie-Noel Robert standing in their hydrogen-filled balloon waving flags, beginning their ascent from the Tuileries Gardens, Paris, with the Versailles Palace in the ba... More

[Departure of Jacques Charles and Marie-Noel Robert's 'aerostatic globe' balloon from the Jardin des Tuileries, Paris, on Dec. 1, 1783]

[Departure of Jacques Charles and Marie-Noel Robert's 'aerostatic glob...

Drawing shows Jacques Charles and Nicolas Marie-Noel Robert standing in their hydrogen-filled balloon waving flags, beginning their ascent from the Tuileries Gardens, Paris, with the Versailles Palace in the ba... More

[Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier, French balloonist, head-and-shoulders portrait, blowing hydrogen gas into a flame]

[Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier, French balloonist, head-and-shoulder...

Tissandier collection. Public domain scan of portrait print from Library of Congress, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Embrâsement déplorable de la machine aërostatique des Srs. Miolan et Janinet le dimanche 11 juillet 1784

Embrâsement déplorable de la machine aërostatique des Srs. Miolan et J...

Print shows the balloon of Abbé Miolan and Janinet on fire and billowing smoke while being inflated for an ascension on July 11, 1784 at the Luxembourg gardens in Paris. Abbé Miollan, as a cat, and Janinet, as ... More

Projet d'une traversée du pole Nord en ballon / Poyet.

Projet d'une traversée du pole Nord en ballon / Poyet.

Print at bottom of page shows a cross section of the basket beneath the balloon, "Le Sivel" during its expedition to the North Pole. Interior of cabin includes a central living area occupied by four men, an are... More

[View of journalist Joseph Crocé-Spinelli, naval officer Henri Sivel, and Gaston Tissandier in the basket of the balloon, "Zénith," after losing consciousness due to lack of oxygen after reaching an altitude of nearly 28,000 ft., near Paris, France, April, 1875] / [...] ; Lefman, sc.

[View of journalist Joseph Crocé-Spinelli, naval officer Henri Sivel, ...

Newspaper clipping from French serial La Nature? Tissandier collection. Public domain image of a balloon aerostat, early aeronautics, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Atelier de Mr. Lachambre fabricant de ballons de baudruche, aerostats, etc., 24 passage des favorites, Paris, Vaugirard, aout 1883 / A. Tissandier.

Atelier de Mr. Lachambre fabricant de ballons de baudruche, aerostats,...

Drawing shows the interior of Henri Lachambre's balloon manufacturing facility, with balloon bags and maquettes of various sizes. Four women at the right sew balloon fabric. Tissandier collection.

Charles aux Thuillieries [i.e., Tuileries] le 1r decembre MDCCLXXXIII / gravé p. Thoenert.

Charles aux Thuillieries [i.e., Tuileries] le 1r decembre MDCCLXXXIII ...

Head-and-shoulders profile portrait of French balloonist J.A.C. Charles, who made the first flight in a hydrogen balloon, Dec. 1, 1783. Includes balloon in background and large bird in foreground. Tissandier c... More

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