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“Unlimiting the Bounds”: the Panorama and the Balloon View

- August 3, 2016 in Art & Illustrations, Culture & History, diorama, Featured Articles, history of ballooning, hot air balloon, landscape, panaroma

The second essay in a two-part series in which Lily Ford explores how balloon flight transformed our ideas of landscape. Here she looks at the phenomenon of the panorama, and how its attempts at creating the immersive view were inextricably linked to the new visual experience opened up by the advent of ballooning.

“For the Sake of the Prospect”: Experiencing the World from Above in the Late 18th Century

- July 20, 2016 in Airopaidia, Art & Illustrations, cartography, Culture & History, Featured Articles, first aerial view, history of ballooning, hot air balloon, Lunardi, maps, thomas baldwin

The first essay in a two-part series in which Lily Ford explores how balloon flight transformed our ideas of landscape. We begin with a look at the unique set of images included in Thomas Baldwin's Airopaidia (1786) — the first real overhead aerial views.

Come Take a Trip in my Airship (1904)

- September 25, 2013 in airship, Audio, Audio: 1900s, collections, Digital Copy: No Additional Rights, george evans, hot air balloon, Internet Archive, j.w. myers, Underlying Work: PD 50 Years, Underlying Work: PD 70 Years

Rendition by Welsh-born baritone singer J. W. Myers of a song written and composed in 1904 by fellow countryman George "Honey Boy" Evans. The song would go on to be recorded, with slight variations, by a string of popular musicians including Jonny Cash and more recently Natalie Merchant.

Wonderful Balloon Ascents (1870)

- August 5, 2011 in hot air balloon, non-article, texts, wonderful balloon travel


Wonderful balloon ascents or, The conquest of the skies. A history of balloons and balloon voyages from the French of F. Marion, with illustrations; 1870; Cassell Petter & Galpin, New York

A wonderful book of balloon travel. Wikicommons has a collections of the amazing illustrations in the book here.

Open Library link



Letters From a Cat (1879)

Castaway on the Auckland Isles: A Narrative of the Wreck of the "Grafton," (1865)


Infant's Cabinet of Birds and Beasts (1820)

Old French Fairytales (1920)

Armata: a fragment (1817)

An Account of the Late Improvements in Galvanism (1803)

The Medical Aspects of Death, and the Medical Aspects of the Human Mind (1852)

Quarles' Emblems (1886)

Cat and bird stories from the "Spectator" (1896)

Wonderful Balloon Ascents (1870)

The Book of Topiary (1904)

The Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (1899)