Hot Air Balloon Inflation and Fire Department Carriage

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Title

Hot Air Balloon Inflation and Fire Department Carriage

Description

A fire carriage sits close to a hot air balloon, which lays on its side as a crowd gathers. There are buildings in the distant background. Ballooning was not an uncommon sight in the late 1890s and early 1900s. For example, on August 20, 1899, Madame Louise De Leon, wife of local Professor Hoffman, ascended from Harlem Park several hundred feet above the ground before parachuting down. Unfortunately, she landed in the Rock River and had to be rescued. This photograph may have been taken in either Harlem or Fairgrounds Park. Similar depictions can be found in photos 90.5.50 and 90.5.45.

Date

circa 1895 - 1905

Rights

Midway Village Museum

Format

jpeg

Type

Still Image

Identifier

90.5.38

Original Format

Glass Plate Negative

Physical Dimensions

4" x 5"

Citation

“Hot Air Balloon Inflation and Fire Department Carriage,” Midway Village Museum - Digital Collections, accessed May 12, 2021, https://midwayvillagemuseumdigitalcollections.omeka.net/items/show/1319.

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