National Air and Space Museum Archives

French Balloon Scrapbook

Summary
Collection ID:
NASM.XXXX.0254
Dates:
1700s to 1930s
Languages:
French
,
English
,
German
.
Physical Description:
0.35 Cubic feet
1 flat box
Repository:
This collection consists of a scrapbook, largely concerned with ballooning in France. Many items in the scrapbook are illustrations of early balloon flights, and there are illustrations of imaginary air vehicles, some of which are quite fanciful. The scrapbook also contains content pertaining to airships and aircraft.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of a scrapbook, largely concerned with ballooning in France. Many items in the scrapbook are illustrations of early balloon flights, and there are illustrations of imaginary air vehicles, some of which are quite fanciful. Most of the text in the scrapbook is in French, although some of the text is in English and there is a very small amount in German. The scrapbook also contains some material on early aircraft and aviation up through the early 1930s. The scrapbook features information on balloons and ascensions relating to Sadler (James), Coutelle (Jean), Garnerin (André), Garnerin (Elisa), Blanchard (Jean-Pierre), Blanchard (Madeleine-Sophie), Blanchard-Jeffries, Nadar (Félix Tournachon), and the Montgolfier Brothers. Content also pertains to airships, including Renard (Charles) & Krebs (Arthur), "La France;" SCA (Stabilimento di Costruzione Aeronautiche), N.1 "Norge;" and the LZ 127 "Graf Zeppelin." Aircraft shown in the scrapbook includes the Dewoitine D.1 C1, Blériot XI, Blériot XII, Curtiss and Wright biplanes, Breguet-Richet Gyroplane, Breguet Bre.280 T, Dornier Do R Superwal (Super Whale), and the Short S.5 Singapore Mk.I. Notable people depicted in the scrapbook, other than those previously listed, include Ernst Udet, Dieudonné Costes, Jacques-Louis Dusmesnil, Richard Evelyn Byrd, Georges Pelletier d'Oisy, and Maurice Bellonte.
Note: Blank pages have not been digitally reproduced in slideshow, any gaps in numbering are due to their omission. Pages have been rotated to the orientation of their contents for easier viewing.

Arrangement
Arrangement
Collection is in original order.

Administration
Author
Jessamyn Lloyd
Immediate Source of Acquisition
F. R. Wright, Purchase, 1943, NASM.XXXX.0254.
Processing Information
Arranged, described, and encoded by Jessamyn Lloyd, 2022.

Digital Content

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Use
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.
Conditions Governing Access
No restrictions on access
Preferred Citation
French Balloon Scrapbook, NASM.XXXX.0254, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Aeronautics Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Balloons Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Airships Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Airplanes Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Scrapbooks Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Montgolfier, Joseph-Michel, 1740-1810. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Blanchard, Jean-Pierre, 1753-1809 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Udet, Ernst, General Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Byrd, Richard Evelyn, 1888-1957 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Chantilly, VA 20151
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