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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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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

[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.

[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

[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.

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

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

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

Navire aérien dirigeable. Systême J.B. Métivier, force ascensionnelle 90,000 kos.

Navire aérien dirigeable. Systême J.B. Métivier, force ascensionnelle ...

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

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.

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

[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.

[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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Voyage a la lune

Voyage a la lune

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

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.

[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.

Flying / J.W. Lowry, sculpt.

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

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

Tableau des services postaux aériens. Offert gracieusement par l'"Indicateur Universal des P.T.T"... dispositions générales applicables a tous les services

Tableau des services postaux aériens. Offert gracieusement par l'"Indi...

Text-only broadside describes air mail postal services provided by balloon. Tissandier collection.

Le ballon "Le Géant" aux environs de Nimbourg (accident du 19 octobre). D'après un croquis de M. Adrien Tournachon, sur les indications de son frère Nadar / P. Blanchard ; B. Callow Smeeton.

Le ballon "Le Géant" aux environs de Nimbourg (accident du 19 octobre)...

Periodical illustration shows Felix Nadar's balloon, "Le Geant" over a rural area in its second and final flight in 1863. High winds force the balloon to the ground, dragging the basket dangerously close to an ... More

Aviation, études, essais et inventions qui, sans résourdre le problème de l'aviation, ont pourtant donné des résultats intéresssants et encourageants à l'auteur / dédié par l'auteur aux chercheurs, expérimentateurs, inventeurs et amis de l'aviation, aoùt 1866, Bourcart.

Aviation, études, essais et inventions qui, sans résourdre le problème...

Design drawings for a man-powered flying machine with manually controlled wings entitled, "Vélocipède aérien," proposed by Jean Jacques Bourcart, Paris, August, 1866. (Source: A.G. Renstrom, LC staff, 1981-82.)... More

[Albert Tissandier (left), Gaston Tissandier (right), and an unidentified man in the basket of their airship demonstrating an electric navigational system featuring a propeller] / P. Ferat ; E.A. Tilly, sc.

[Albert Tissandier (left), Gaston Tissandier (right), and an unidentif...

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

[Sixteen vignettes from the lives of French balloonists, Albert and Gaston Tissandier] / Adrien Marie à Gaston Tissandier souvenir de notre ascension du 3 aôut 1887.

[Sixteen vignettes from the lives of French balloonists, Albert and Ga...

Drawing shows preparation for a balloon ascension, view from the balloon, landing at Chauvigny and deflation, and discussion of the event at the dinner table at the Chateau de l'Odière. Compare with pencil sket... More

Expérience aërostatique faite à Versailles le 19 septembre 1783 en présence de leurs Majestés, de la famille royale et de plus de 130 milles spectateurs par Mrs. de Montgolfier avec un ballon de 57 pieds de hauteur, sur 41 de diamêtre A Monsieur de Faujas de St. Fond, de plusieurs accadémies.

Expérience aërostatique faite à Versailles le 19 septembre 1783 en pré...

Print shows the balloon of Etienne Montgolfier decorated with King Louis XVI's monogram above the Palace of Versailles carry the first passengers in a balloon flight: a rooster, a sheep and a duck. (Source: A.G... More

[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.

[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

Utilité particuliére, du vaisseau volant Divers utilités, du vaisseau volant.

Utilité particuliére, du vaisseau volant Divers utilités, du vaisseau ...

Two songs illustrated with humorous pictures of men using flying machines for various purposes. The left panel shows a man fleeing from his creditors, while the four vignettes to the right depict a clergyman, a... More

Exp[é]rience a[ë]rostatique faite Versailles le 19 sept. 1783

Exp[é]rience a[ë]rostatique faite Versailles le 19 sept. 1783

Vue d'optique shows the balloon launched by the Montgolfier brothers ascending from the Palace of Versailles, France, before the royal family, September 19, 1783. A sheep, a duck and a rooster were the only pa... More

L'Hirondelle. V. Triquet, Tissandier Collection, France

L'Hirondelle. V. Triquet, Tissandier Collection, France

Print shows the balloon "L'Hirondelle V. Triquet" flying with two men on board. Tissandier collection.

Parachute renversè de Henin

Parachute renversè de Henin

Print shows man standing in the basket of an ascending balloon which features an elaborate system of sails and a reversed parachute underneath the basket. "Page 178." Illustration from an unidentified book or p... More

3ème et dernière expérience de descente en parachute par Melle. Garnerin, au Champ de Mars, dimanche 21 avril, a son profit

3ème et dernière expérience de descente en parachute par Melle. Garner...

Broadside announcing the final parachute jump at Champ-de-Mars, Paris, April 21, by Elisa Garnerin, who made many parachute descents between 1815 and 1836. Includes two pictures of parachutes. Tissandier collection.

La Catastrophe de Ballon "L'Univers"

La Catastrophe de Ballon "L'Univers"

Wreckage of balloon gondola, showing dead and wounded occupants: Albert Tissandier, Col. Laussedat, Commandant Mangin, Captains Renard and Bidard, Lt. Bastoul, Eugene Godard and Thez. Wood engraving from a sket... More

Melle. de Montgolfier (Collection de M.A. Goupil) / Ingres, del ; héliogre. Dujardin.

Melle. de Montgolfier (Collection de M.A. Goupil) / Ingres, del ; héli...

Full-length portrait of Adélaide Montgolfier, seated on a wall with balloons in the background. Below image: Gazette des Beaux-Arts. Tissandier collection.

[Cures d'air dans la montagne] / A. Robida.

[Cures d'air dans la montagne] / A. Robida.

Drawing shows an airship "Cures d'air" supporting the "Pension Bellevue" for individuals requiring medical care and floating above a mountainous region. One of the artist's conceptions for his book on life in t... More

[Collecting cards with pictures of events in ballooning history from 1783 to 1883]

[Collecting cards with pictures of events in ballooning history from 1...

Sheet of 10 uncut cards; individually numbered and issued as "Collection 476", "1re série." Captions in French are printed on the verso of each card. Tissandier collection.

Royal Gardens, Vauxhall ... grand illumination gala of 45,400 lamps!! and day and night fete. Mr. Green will ascend, for the 283rd time, in his balloon ...

Royal Gardens, Vauxhall ... grand illumination gala of 45,400 lamps!! ...

Text-only broadside announcing a balloon ascension by Charles Green from the Royal Gardens, Vauxhall, London, England, on Monday, September 5th, 1842. Text also describes concerts and other activities taking p... More

Le tricolore, Tissandier Collection, France

Le tricolore, Tissandier Collection, France

Print shows the French "Le Tricolore" balloon in the colors of the French flag with three passengers, possibly Jules Duruof, his wife, and another man, standing in the basket during an ascension in Paris, June ... More

Grande ascensão, e descida em Guarda-Queda por Eugenio Robertson, hoje domingo 12 de dezembro ...

Grande ascensão, e descida em Guarda-Queda por Eugenio Robertson, hoje...

Portuguese broadside announcing an ascension by balloonist Eugene Robertson. Includes pictures of a balloon and parachutes. Tissandier collection.

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

Air-balloons / A. Bell, sculpt.

Air-balloons / A. Bell, sculpt.

Book illustration shows five early balloon ascensions in France: two Montgolfier balloons (Fauxbourg St. Antoine and St. Germain); a 1784 balloon of Jean-Pierre Blanchard; and a Charles and Robert balloon being... More

Baron du Pont Duchambon, elève du roi à l'École royale militaire de Paris le jour ou il a voulu s'enlever dans le balon de Blanchard au Champs de Mars, 1784 / / Peint par son cousin eleve du Roi.

Baron du Pont Duchambon, elève du roi à l'École royale militaire de Pa...

Half-length portrait of Baron Du Pont Duchambon with balloon in background. Tissandier collection.

Royal Gardens, Vauxhall. Juvenile fete, next Wednesday, 21st ...

Royal Gardens, Vauxhall. Juvenile fete, next Wednesday, 21st ...

Text-only broadside announcing a festival at Vauxhall Gardens, London, England, 1841?. Includes a list of the events and scheduled performances, including the release of the balloon "Fat Boy." "A great personag... More

Sauvetage du ballon "Le Tricolore" Monté par Monsieur et Madame Duruof, naufragés sur les côtes d'Angleterre, et recueillis par le patron William Oxley et son Second du Port de Grimsby, le 1er Septembre 1874 / / Ch. Leduc ; Ch. Leduc, del. & lith.

Sauvetage du ballon "Le Tricolore" Monté par Monsieur et Madame Duruof...

Print shows Jules Duruof and his wife being rescued at sea from the sinking basket of their balloon "Le Tricolore" which lost altitude over the North Sea off the coast of England. Two fishermen help Mrs. Duruof... More

Grand ballon captif a vapeur, de M. Henry Giffard [text].

Grand ballon captif a vapeur, de M. Henry Giffard [text].

Blank form for passengers to record "observations" (data) during ascents in Giffard's giant captive balloon from the Tuileries courtyard in the Paris Exposition of 1878. Tissandier collection.

Grand ballon captif a vapeur de Mr. Henry Giffard, Cour des Tuileries ...

Grand ballon captif a vapeur de Mr. Henry Giffard, Cour des Tuileries ...

Admission ticket to the ascent of Henri Giffard's captive balloon from the courtyard of the Tuileries, Paris in 1879. Includes picture of a balloon within a bird's-eye view of Paris. Tissandier collection.

Ascensione del cave. Emile Julhes, capitano areonauta [i.e. aeronauta]

Ascensione del cave. Emile Julhes, capitano areonauta [i.e. aeronauta]

Italian poster shows two men in a captive balloon labeled "Italia"; the uniformed man sits on the hoop, and the other stands in the basket waving a cloth. Tissandier collection.

Le ballon rédaction et bureaux A. Brissonnet ... Paris.

Le ballon rédaction et bureaux A. Brissonnet ... Paris.

Clipping from an unknown book or magazine advertises the French aeronautical journal "Le ballon" and illustrates various means of flight including an ornithopter, early balloons and an airship. Text on verso a... More

Ville de Bruxelles, Parc Léopold ... dimanche 11 octobre 1885, de 2 à 4 hres. de l'après-midi. Grande fête aérostatique populaire ...

Ville de Bruxelles, Parc Léopold ... dimanche 11 octobre 1885, de 2 à ...

Broadside announcing balloon ascensions conducted by Eugene Godard in his balloon "Royal-St. Marceau" from the Parc Léopold, Brussels, Belgium, 1885. Includes picture of a balloon with six passengers. Tissandi... More

[Tomb of French balloonist Jacques Alexandre Charles in Père la Chaise cemetery in Paris] / Alb. Tissandier, mai 1899, a Père la Chaise.

[Tomb of French balloonist Jacques Alexandre Charles in Père la Chaise...

"Tombeau de Charles au Père la Chaise - Mai 1899 - Albert Tissandier" inscribed on accompanying note. Accompanied by two handwritten notes, possibly a transcription of text on the gravestone. Tissandier collection.

Depart de MM. Charles & Robert, du Jardin des Tuilleries dans leur machine aërostatique, le 1er decembre 1783

Depart de MM. Charles & Robert, du Jardin des Tuilleries dans leur mac...

Print shows the balloon of Jacques Alexandre César Charles and Marie-Noël Robert ascending from the Tuileries Garden, Paris, France, December 1, 1783 in the first hydrogen balloon flight. "Sic itur ad astra" wr... More

[Le premier parachute de Jacques Garnerin, essayé par lui-même au parc de Mousseaux, le 22 octobre 1797]

[Le premier parachute de Jacques Garnerin, essayé par lui-même au parc...

Three technical illustrations show "Calotte du parachute" (crown of deployed parachute); "Parachute ployé, à l'instant du départe" (release from ascending balloon); and "Parachute déployé, à l'instant de la sép... More

The aerial steam carriage

The aerial steam carriage

Pictorial lettersheet shows British inventor William Samuel Henson's proposed steam powered flying machine in an imaginary flight over the Thames River, London, 1843. Attempts to fly a model of the aerial steam... More

L'Aigle et la Colombe

L'Aigle et la Colombe

Card shows boy wearing a crown sitting outside with a girl in a white dress. A balloon flies in the distance. Text below title: Notre aigle donc, lassè des cieux. Descend sur un rocher, près de lui vient se re... More

Pigeons loncés hors la nacelle / A. Tissandier.

Pigeons loncés hors la nacelle / A. Tissandier.

Drawing shows two pigeons thrown from balloon during James Glaisher's test flight reaching 37,000 feet over Wolverhampton, England, Sept. 5, 1862. One pigeon is flying and the other is dead and falling. Publish... More

[Man posting an advertisement for "La publicité en France par Emile Mermet" on a city wall between a poster of two people captioned "les femmes" and a poster of a "Montgolfier" hot-air balloon]

[Man posting an advertisement for "La publicité en France par Emile Me...

Tissandier collection. Public domain photograph of beverage advertisement, food, drinks, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

La ville de Calais / J. Duruof, Pau, 4 février 1875 ; lith. Veronese, Pau.

La ville de Calais / J. Duruof, Pau, 4 février 1875 ; lith. Veronese, ...

Print shows the French balloon "La Ville de Calais" with several passengers, possibly Jules Duruof, his wife, and two or three others, standing in the basket. Scale: Echelle de 25 mill. pour 1 mêtre 1/40. Prin... More

[Woman seated sidesaddle on a horse attached to an ascending balloon at a public performance before crowd of spectators]

[Woman seated sidesaddle on a horse attached to an ascending balloon a...

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

[Gaston Tissandier, French balloonist, full-length portrait standing in basket of a balloon]

[Gaston Tissandier, French balloonist, full-length portrait standing i...

"Alt. 2000 m., au dessus de la fort de Cricy, a Monsieur Gaston Tissandier [...] du votre ascension du 26 juin 1886, Maurice [...]" inscribed upper left corner of image. Tissandier collection.

Eiffel Tower, Tissandier Collection, France

Eiffel Tower, Tissandier Collection, France

Photograph shows lower section of Eiffel Tower and unconstructed plaza beneath. This record contains unverified data from old caption card. Tissandier Collection. Caption card tracings: Exposition universelle d... More

[Aerial view of Paris, France, from a balloon, showing the Seine River and the Eiffel Tower at center, and buildings of the Exposition universelle]

[Aerial view of Paris, France, from a balloon, showing the Seine River...

Forms part of: Tissandier collection. Public domain photograph of Paris Exposition Universelle, 1889, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

[Collecting cards with pictures of events in ballooning history from 1795 to 1846]

[Collecting cards with pictures of events in ballooning history from 1...

Sheet of 10 uncut cards, individually captioned and numbered; issued as "Collection 476," "2ème série." French captions on each card. Tissandier collection. Exhibited: "The Dream of Flight" : American Treasure... More

Experience du globe aerostatique du MM. Charles et Robert au Jardin des Thuileries le 1er decembre 1783

Experience du globe aerostatique du MM. Charles et Robert au Jardin de...

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

This ticket will admit one person into the [...] on the day of Mr. Lunardi's ascension, price three shillings

This ticket will admit one person into the [...] on the day of Mr. Lun...

Admission ticket to one of Vincent Lunardi early balloon ascensions, probably from London, England. Includes a picture of a balloon. Tissandier collection.

La Sirène, Tissandier Collection, France

La Sirène, Tissandier Collection, France

Print shows the balloon "La Sirène" flying with one man on board. (Source: A.G. Renstrom, LC staff, 1981-82.) Tissandier collection.

Société d'expériences aérostatiques Direction 24 rue Maubeuge, Paris.

Société d'expériences aérostatiques Direction 24 rue Maubeuge, Paris.

Advertisement showing a balloon with several persons standing in the basket, one climbing the ropes just above the basket. Tricolor banners hanging from the balloon announce the "Société d'expériences aerostati... More

Royal Gardens, Vauxhall. Grand day and evening fete, next Tuesday, August 7, 1838. Ascent of the Nassau Balloon, combined with the evening entertainments

Royal Gardens, Vauxhall. Grand day and evening fete, next Tuesday, Aug...

Broadside announcing Charles Green's ascension in the balloon "Nassau" from Vauxhall Gardens, London. Includes a picture of passengers in a balloon basket. At head of title: Under the direct patronage of Her Ma... More

Night ascent. Royal Standard Tavern, pleasure grounds & tea gardens ... H. Brading, Proprietor ... has, at the solicitation of several scientific gentlemen, prevailed on Mr. Gypson, who will ... make an experimental trip, in the Royal Standard balloon, on Monday next, June 3, at ten o'clock at night! ...

Night ascent. Royal Standard Tavern, pleasure grounds & tea gardens .....

Text-only broadside announcing a balloon ascension at night by Richard Gypson from the Royal Standard Tavern, England, on June 3, 1839. In addition, "Mr. Blanchard, a descendant of the celebrated Mons. Blanchar... More

Plateforme aérienne, cerf-volant libre dirigeable, système Vaussin-Chardanne. Feuille no. 2 / dressé et presenté ... le 19 mars 1853, Vaussin-Chardanne.

Plateforme aérienne, cerf-volant libre dirigeable, système Vaussin-Cha...

Design drawing shows a system for powering an airship with manually operated propellers. Includes longitudinal views of dirigible platform assembly and identification key. Tissandier collection.

Aventures de Bavolet, Tissandier Collection, France

Aventures de Bavolet, Tissandier Collection, France

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, ... More

L'Aérienne, nouveau systême de ballon dirigeable par Camille Dupuy

L'Aérienne, nouveau systême de ballon dirigeable par Camille Dupuy

Broadside announcing the exhibition of a navigable balloon designed by Camille Dupuy at the "boulevart Magenta, 37" and the "rue des Marais, St. Martin" in Paris beginning December 18, 1866. Tissandier collection.

[Balloon with two passengers ascending over a town square, with French flags flying from tower and many spectators below] / Camille Gravis.

[Balloon with two passengers ascending over a town square, with French...

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

[Balloons, airships, and other flying machines designed with some form of propulsion] / E. Morieu, sc.

[Balloons, airships, and other flying machines designed with some form...

Single sheet with 45 numbered illustrations; lacking identification key. No. 18 shows a collapsible Montgolfier balloon from 1784; no. 23 is the design for a glider balloon as described in "Reflections on the ... More

A view of the balloon of Mr. Sadler's ascending with him and Captain Paget of the Royal Navy from the gardens of the Mermaid Tavern at Hackney on Monday, August 12, 1811

A view of the balloon of Mr. Sadler's ascending with him and Captain P...

Print shows James Sadler and Captain Paget of the British Royal Navy ascending in a balloon decorated in honor of the Prince Regent's birthday, from the Mermaid Tavern gardens, Hackney, London, August 12, 1811.... More

Le tricolore, Tissandier Collection, France

Le tricolore, Tissandier Collection, France

Print shows the French "Le Tricolore" balloon in the colors of the French flag with three passengers, possibly Jules Duruof, his wife, and another man, standing in the basket during an ascension in Paris, June ... More

[Men building the Fountain St. Vidal near the Eiffel Tower, Paris Exposition, 1889]

[Men building the Fountain St. Vidal near the Eiffel Tower, Paris Expo...

Albert Tissandier Collection. Public domain photograph of Paris Exposition Universelle, 1889, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

La frayeur de Gonnesse [i.e. Gonesse], contre-danse franc̜oise / mis au jour et gravé par Landrin, m[ait]tre et compositeur des Traits des contre-danses.

La frayeur de Gonnesse [i.e. Gonesse], contre-danse franc̜oise / mis a...

Contra-dance instruction manual with dance notation, a description of the dance figures, and music for bass and violin. Title page includes a picture of a man running or dancing near a flying balloon. Possibly ... More

Les ballons du Siège de Paris, septembre 1870 - février 1871 / A. Tissandier, del. et lith.

Les ballons du Siège de Paris, septembre 1870 - février 1871 / A. Tiss...

Broadside about balloon events during the Siege of Paris, 1870-1871. Includes a list of balloons that left Paris, with categories for name of balloon and balloonist, date and time of departure and arrival. Surr... More

Seconds voyageurs aëriens, ou expérience de MM. Charles et Robert faite a Paris dans le parterre du Jardin royal des Thuilleries le I. decembre 1783. Vue prise du Pont Royal / / Prevost fecit.

Seconds voyageurs aëriens, ou expérience de MM. Charles et Robert fait...

Print shows the balloon of Jacques Alexandre César Charles and Marie-Noël Robert ascending from the Tuileries Garden, Paris, France, December 1, 1783 in the first hydrogen balloon flight; inset map shows locati... More

[Woman stands in the basket of a balloon holding flags]

[Woman stands in the basket of a balloon holding flags]

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

Figure exacte et proportions, du globe aërostatique, qui, le premier, a enlevé des hommes dans les airs

Figure exacte et proportions, du globe aërostatique, qui, le premier, ...

Print shows elaborately decorated balloon used by Jean François Pilâtre de Rozier and the Marquis d'Arlandes in ascent from Paris, October 19, 1783, reaching an altitude of 330 feet for nine minutes. (Source: A... More

Le globe volant. Book illustration from Library of Congress

Le globe volant. Book illustration from Library of Congress

Illustration shows a man navigating a balloon with an attached oar and rudder while seated in the basket. "Page 164." Illus. from an unidentified book or periodical. Tissandier collection.

Par autorisation de M. Le Maire de la ville de Rouen. Le Sieur Bollé, inventeur d'un balloon représentant un eléphant ... dont l'inventeur se fera un plaisir de donner la description aux amateurs ...

Par autorisation de M. Le Maire de la ville de Rouen. Le Sieur Bollé, ...

Text-only broadside announcing a balloon ascension at the Place de la Cathd́rale, Rouen, France. Tissandier collection.

Nouvelle expérience de Mlle. Élisa Garnerin. Avis.

Nouvelle expérience de Mlle. Élisa Garnerin. Avis.

Broadside announcing a parachute jump at Rouen, France, by Elisa Garnerin, who made many parachute descents between 1815 and 1836. Includes two pictures of parachutes. "Nota. La gravure qui représente la grand... More

Fête de pantin, Tissandier Collection, France

Fête de pantin, Tissandier Collection, France

Print shows a balloon with mechanism attached to the bottom of the basket, possibly an elaborate fireworks display. Tissandier collection.

The new London bridge, as it appeared on Monday, August 1st, 1831, at the ceremony of opening by their Majesties

The new London bridge, as it appeared on Monday, August 1st, 1831, at ...

Print shows balloon possibly piloted by British balloonist Charles Green ascending over New London Bridge on the occasion of its opening, August 31, 1831, witnessed by William IV, King of Great Britain. (Source... More

Seconde et dernière ascension du ballon Monstre, construit et dirigé par Mr. Green ... 9 janvier, 1837

Seconde et dernière ascension du ballon Monstre, construit et dirigé p...

Text-only broadside announcing a balloon ascension by Charles Green, in his balloon "Monstre," January 9th, 1837, at the Caserne, rue du Faubourg-Poissonnière, Paris. Tissandier collection.

Le pilote, Tissandier Collection, France

Le pilote, Tissandier Collection, France

Print shows two men standing in basket of balloon, "Le Pilote". Tissandier collection.

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