Krainik Ballooning Collection, 1859-1934

Summary
Collection ID:
NASM.1990.0009
Creators:
Krainik, Cliff
Dates:
1859-1934
Languages:
English
English
Physical Description:
3.19 cubic feet
(2 shoeboxes) (3 flatboxes)
Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
This 19th and 20th century ballooning memorabilia collection contains the following items, which have been meticulously inventoried: 112 stereoscopic photographs; 107 photographs; 84 postcards, trade cards, valentines, and similar items; 80 prints; and 23 miscellaneous items.

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
The Krainik Ballooning Collection contains 112 stereoscopic photographs; 107 photographs; 84 postcards, trade cards, valentines, and similar items; 80 prints; and 23 miscellaneous items all pertaining to 19th and 20th century ballooning. Highlights of the stereoscopic photographs include: views of T.S.C. Lowe's balloons during the Civil War; views of the Nadar and Godard balloons; balloons during the Boer War, Russo-Japanese War, and WWI; and views of the airships
Ganymede
,
Great Western
,
Phantom Balloons
,
Buffalo
,
Madame Carlotta
, and
The Aerial
. The photographic portion of the collection features Matthew Brady's views of Lowe's balloons during the Civil War; views of the balloon
Madam Carlotta
before and during flights; smoke and gas balloon inflation and flights; and portraits of T.S.C. Lowe and other pioneers of ballooning.
The collection also contains lithographic cards printed in Germany, whimsical advertising trade cards incorporating popular ballooning motifs and events, and 19th century woodcut illustrations from various periodicals concerning all aspects of ballooning. Other items include a small broadside for the
Grand Balloon Ascension of CARLOTTA
and a contract for smoke balloon ascensions. A few non-archival items, such as medals for Lowe's balloon,
City of New York
, and Giffard's giant captive balloon,
1878
, were accessioned with this collection and subsequently transferred to curatorial collections.

Arrangement note
Arrangement note
This collection has been arranged, first, in chronological order based on the Krainik inventory number that was assigned by the donor (K#), and then by size.

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
The Krainik Ballooning Collection was amassed by Clifford and Michele Krainik, experts in 19th and early 20th century historical photographs, negatives, and ephemera. This collection of 19th and 20th century ballooning memorabilia contains 112 stereoscopic photographs; 107 photographs; 84 postcards, trade cards, valentines, and similar items; 80 prints; and 23 miscellaneous items.

Administration
Processing Information note
This collection was rehoused at some point after its acquisition in 1990. A paper inventory was provided by the Krainiks. The collection was re-processed and an EAD finding aid encoded by Amanda Buel in 2017.
Author
Finding aid prepared by Amanda Buel
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
Clifford Krainik, Purchase, 1989, 1990-0009, NASM

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access note
No restrictions on access
Preferred Citation note
Krainik Ballooning Collection, Acc. 1990-0009, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Conditions Governing Use note
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Brady, Mathew B., 1823 (ca.)-1896 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lowe, Thaddeus S. C. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Myers, Carl, 1842-1925 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Myers, Mary, "Carlotta, Queen of the Air" Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Stevens, Albert Leo, 1873-1944 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Aeronautics Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Aeronautics--1903-1916 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Aeronautics--pre-1903 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Airships Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Balloons Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Balloons--History Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Balloons--pre-1900 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Buffalo (Airship) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Civil War, 1861-1865--Communications Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ganymede (Airship) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Great Western (Airship) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Madame Carlotta (Airship) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Phantom Balloons (Airships) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Russo-Japanese War, 1904-1905 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
South African War, 1899-1902 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Spanish-American War, 1898 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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The Aerial (Airship) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Woodcuts Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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World War, 1914-1918 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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