Hot Air Balloon Ascension

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Title

Hot Air Balloon Ascension

Description

A large crowd has gathered to watch as a hot air balloon is being inflated for flight. There are what appear to be homes and some larger exposition-type buildings in the 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 at the Fairgrounds. Similar depictions can be found in photos 90.5.50 and 90.5.38.

Date

circa 1895 - 1905

Rights

Midway Village Museum

Format

jpeg

Type

Still Image

Identifier

90.5.45

Original Format

Glass Plate Negative

Physical Dimensions

8" x 10"

Citation

“Hot Air Balloon Ascension,” Midway Village Museum - Digital Collections, accessed October 27, 2021, https://midwayvillagemuseumdigitalcollections.omeka.net/items/show/1326.

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