Extremely rare large albumen photograph showing aeronaut James Allen (pointing), with his gas balloon. On September 9, 1890, in Newburyport, Massachusetts. The balloon is shown being inflated here; he eventually. Made an ascension and landed in Georgetown.
During the Civil War, the pilot James Allen was ordered to make reconnaissance flights. Allens flight attempts were short and anything but sweet.On July 8, 1861, he was ordered to make reconnaissance flights over Confederate forces near Washington. Allen made an attempt to inflate one of his two balloons on July 9, but his gas generator failed to operate sufficiently to fill the vessel.
Allen decided to use city gas to inflate his balloon and then transport the inflated balloon by wagon. During a subsequent inflation attempt on July 14, Allens smaller balloon burst. Later, his larger airship was inflated, and 60 men from the 11th New York Zouaves were assigned to move it by hand to Falls Church, Va. They had towed the balloon only a short distance when a gust of wind came up and blew it into a telegraph pole, destroying it. Large 10" x 8" albumen photo on its original 12" x 10" mat.
The mat was too large to fit on my scanner. So it is not shown, however it is in great condition. In overall excellent antique condition with light wear and no damages. Rare unusual history explorer historic photography photograph 1860s africa livingstone african famous picture antique vintage 1800s.
The item "One of a Kind Antique Aviation History Photo J Allen Gas Balloon Civil War Pilot" is in sale since Saturday, July 28, 2018. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Photographic Images\Vintage & Antique (Pre-1940)\CDVs". The seller is "jack_mord" and is located in Woodinville, Washington.
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