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    • Zeppelin Airship (Germany)
    • 1909

    Postcard featuring a hand-drawn illustrated depiction of a German Zeppelin rigid-style military airship. This postcard is part of a set originally collected in a scrapbook entitled Album Gravures et Cartes-Postales:…

    • Lebaudy Airship
    • 1904 (Date attributed to airship design)
    • 1909 (Date attributed to postcard)

    Postcard featuring a hand-drawn illustrated depiction of a semi-rigid airship designed by French brothers Paul and Pierre Lebaudy with the assistance of engineer Henri Julliot for military use. This postcard is part of…

    • La France. Airship of [Charles] Renard and [Arthur Constantin] Krebs
    • 1884-Sep-08 (Date attributed to balloon flight)
    • 1909 (Date attributed to postcard)

    Postcard featuring a hand-drawn illustrated depiction of the La France French army non-rigid airship launched by French military engineer Charles Renard (1847–1905) and Arthur Constantin Krebs (1847 or 1850-1935) on…

    • [Pierre] Jullien's Airship
    • 1850-Nov-06 (Date attributed to balloon design)
    • 1909 (Date attributed to postcard)

    Postcard featuring a hand-drawn illustrated depiction of a navigable balloon designed by French aeronaut Pierre Jullien featuring a clockwork motor and a rudder, elevator, and gondola mounted under the front part of the…

    • Italian Military Airship
    • 1909 (Date attributed to postcard)
    • 1908 (Date attributed to airship design)

    Postcard featuring a hand-drawn illustrated depiction of an Italian military airship. This postcard is part of a set originally collected in a scrapbook entitled Album Gravures et Cartes-Postales: Vieux Paris Types…

    • The Baldwin Airship
    • 1909 (Date attributed to postcard)
    • 1908 (Date attributed to balloon flight)

    Postcard featuring a hand-drawn illustrated depiction of the Signal Corps Dirigible No. 1 designed by pioneer balloonist and U.S. Army major Thomas Scott Baldwin (1854-1923) for the United States Army. First flown on…

    • Dupuy de Lôme Airship with human engine
    • 1872-Feb-02
    • 1909 (Date attributed to postcard)

    Postcard featuring a hand-drawn illustrated depiction of the Dupuy de Lôme airship designed by French naval architect Henri Dupuy de Lôme (1816-1885). One of the first navigable balloons, the Dupuy de Lôme was powered…

    • The Pax Airship of Augusto Sévéro, which caused his death
    • 1909 (Date attributed to postcard)
    • 1902-May-12 (Date attributed to balloon flight)

    Postcard featuring a hand-drawn illustrated depiction of the semi-rigid airship "Pax" flown by Brazilian aeronaut Augusto Sévéro (1864-1902) and French mechanic Georges Saché over Paris on May 12, 1902. Propelled by an…

    • The Airship Nulli Secundus
    • 1909

    Postcard featuring a hand-drawn illustrated depiction of the British airship Nulli Secundus (Latin for "Second to none"). First flown on September 10, 1907, the Nulli Secundus was Britain's first powered military…

    • Dirigeable de Guyton de Morveau et de Vitry
    • 1784 (Date attributed to balloon flight)
    • 1909 (Date attributed to postcard)

    Postcard featuring a hand-drawn illustrated depiction of a flying airship with assorted propulsion mechanisms and a French flag. The illustration depicts a type of airship flown by French chemist and politician…

    • Dirigeable du Blanchard
    • 1784 (Date attributed to balloon flight)
    • 1909 (Date attributed to postcard)

    Postcard featuring a hand-drawn illustrated depiction of a flying airship with oars. The illustration depicts a type of airship with oar-like propulsion mechanisms designed and flown by French balloonist Jean-Pierre…

    • 1900 – 1950

    This 20th-century color lithograph reproduction of an early-19th-century engraving shows a pink and white striped balloon rising above a pastoral landscape. In the balloon basket are two small figures. The campus of…

    • Description of the aerostatic machine experiments of Mr. & Mr. Montgolfier
    • 1783

    Barthélemy Faujas de Saint-Fond’s Description des expériences assembles first-hand observations, research, technical descriptions, letters, tables, diagrams, and illustrations related to the groundbreaking experiments…

    • 1783

    This case was designed by the Robert brothers, Anne-Jean (1758-1820) and Nicolas Louis (1761-1828) Robert to quickly produce large quantities of hydrogen gas through the reaction of sulfuric acid with iron filings. The…

    • Faucet
    • 1783

    This plate illustrates the parts and mechanism of the faucet used to control the gas in the first hydrogen-filled balloon, launched from the Champs de Mars in Paris on August 27, 1783. In the illustration on Plate 3,…

    • 1783

    Jean Baptiste Marie Meusnier (1754-1793), an officer in the French Royal Corps of Engineers and a mathematician, observed the flight of the hydrogen-filled balloon launched from the Champs de Mars in Paris on August 27,…

    • 1783

    Illustration relating to the experiment that resulted in the world’s first hydrogen-filled balloon, conducted in Paris in August 1783, in which a taffeta balloon with a rubber coating was filled with hydrogen gas…

    • Aerostatic machine
    • 1783

    Inscribed: "de Mr. Montgolfier, construite dans le Jardin de Mr. Reveillon, rue de Montreuil Fauxbourg St. Antoine, aux dépens de l’Académie Royale des Sciences."

    Jacques-Etienne Montgolfier (1745-1799) assembled this…

    • Aerostatic machine
    • 1783

    Inscribed: "Machine Aérostatique de 70 Pieds de hauteur sur 46 de Diamètre, qui s’est élevé à Paris, avec deux homme à la hauteur de 324 Pieds le 19. Oct, 1783."

    On October 19, 1783, Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier…

    • Flying boat
    • 1783

    Inscribed: "Copié sur celui du Jesuite-Lana."

    Faujas de Saint-Fond’s research for Description des expériences took him to the library of the King, where he consulted the book Prodromo, ouero saggio di alcune inuentioni…

    • 1783

    Jean Baptiste Marie Meusnier (1754-1793), an officer in the French Royal Corps of Engineers and a mathematician, observed the flight of the hydrogen-filled balloon launched from the Champs de Mars in Paris on August 27,…

    • 1959-Mar-19

    Eleanor Vadala, chemist, and Dr. Earl Hayes, U.S. Defense Department, examining a display of airship fabric produced at the Naval Air Material Center. Ms. Vadala demonstrates the threads on an airship model while Dr.…