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Patent American Balloon or Vertical Aerial Coachee. In Gazette of the United States & Daily Advertiser, Number 686, Volume XIX, Friday Evening, May 8, 1801, p. 4.

Advertisement in Philadelphia Newspaper for Early Ballooning Excursion]

Published by C, P. Wayne,, Philadelphia, PA., 1801
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A number of small woodcuts of ships, etc, in ads. 4 pp. Fo. Disbound. Loose as issued. Thomas C. Parramore, Norfolk: The First Four Centuries, Univ Press of Virginia, 1994. Michael Batterberry and Ariane Ruskin Batterberry, On the Town in New York: The Landmark History of Eating, Drinking, and Entertainment ?, Psychology Press, 1995. The Gazette of the United States & Daily Advertiser began in New York in 1795. It moved to Philadelphia in 1796 to follow the US Government, where it had several name changes, ultimately entitled as here. It was a conservative newspaper, favoring the Federalist position, allied with George Washington and John Adams, opposed to Thomas Jefferson. Several articles in this issue decry the opposition to Washington and Adams and the vilifying of the latter. It makes note of the move of the fleet to the Mediterranean to combat piracy. Replete with shipping news and advertisements for sale of crockery, etc. from Germany, Britain and elsewhere and other merchandise. Among the ads is a relatively large one offering rides in a balloon by Phineas Parker, a well-recognized balloonist, who offered balloon experiences "for the restoration of health" to the public from New York (Batterberry & Batterberry, p. 27) to Norfolk, Virginia (Parramore, p. 110) in 1800-01. Hot air ballooning was known to the Chinese and was used for military signaling in the 3rd C. AD. In the West, the first demonstration of the principal was by de Gusmao at the Portuguese Court in 1709. Unmanned flight of a sheep, a duck and a rooster was successfully carried out by the Montgolfier brothers at Versailles before King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette on 19 September 1783. The first manned flight followed soon in Paris, arranged by the Montgolfier brothers in November, 1783. The balloon rose to 50 feet and traveled 5 miles in 25 minutes. Jean-Pierre Blanchard, the first to cross the English Channel in a balloon, in 1785, was the first to man a flight (hydrogen balloon) in America, in Philadelphia in January, 1793 under the observation of President George Washington. [No American woman piloted her own balloon until Mary Breed Hawley Myers, of Little Falls, NY, did so in 1880 (Women in Transportation: Changing American History. Reference Materials, US Department of Transportation, March, 1998)]. It is remarkable that this concept of piloted ballooning spread to the early days of passenger and spectator ballooning, here advertised in 1801, only 8 years after Blanchard's flight here. Phineas Parker boasts of having demonstrated his balloon thousands of times in New York and is now offering it in Philadelphia. He promises to adapt the flight to the interests of the passengers, in groups of 2 to 8. The exhibition begins at the Circus on Fifth St. in Philadelphia. The cost was 12-1/2 to inspect the balloon and 25 to fly in it, far less than the price of $250.000 to fly briefly in the currently proposed private space ship. Toned. Few small chips and closed tears at margins. One transverse fold. Top edge lightly trimmed through owner's signature, not encroaching on text. 2Else, Very Good. Bookseller Inventory # 11534

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Title: Patent American Balloon or Vertical Aerial ...

Publisher: C, P. Wayne,, Philadelphia, PA.

Publication Date: 1801

Edition: First Edition..

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