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In 1783, the Montgolfier Brothers invented the first hot air balloon. A Montgolfier ballon soared into the sky for the first manned flight. This took place on November 21, 1783, in Paris, France.
Balloons amazed 18th century Europe and America. To create a spectacle, the balloons had elaborate decorations. Sometimes they had somewhat crazy ideas for propulsion, such as eagles pulling them!
Since then artists have created beautiful pictures of famous old balloons.
Here are some vintage lithographs of balloons for you to choose from.

Fine art print.Titled “La Minerve” Vaisseau Aerien destinemaux Decouvertes, 1803.The early success with balloon flight inspired designers to push the limits. One of the largest was proposed by a physicist named Robertson in 1804 and called The Minerva, “an aerial vessel destined for discoveries.” Ro..
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Fine art print.Titled "Ascension du Sieur a la Citadelle de Strasbourg, 1784." Shows obe of the first hot air balloons, flying above Strasbourg for the first time in 1784..
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Fine art print.Titled "Premier Voyage Aerien, 1783." Shows a landmark in human history - the first ever voyage into the air ! In France in 1783 the Montgolfier brothers flew a hot air balloon for the first time in history...
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Fine art print.Shows a hot air balloon rising up over Oxford with the first flying Englishman. Titled "Ascent of James Sadler at Oxford in 1810.He “ascended into the atmosphere” from Christ Church meadow in Oxford, rose to about 1000m high in his flying contraption, flew for half an hour and landed ..
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Fine art print.Titled "Ascension de Madame Blanchard au Champ-de-Mars, 1810."Sophie Blanchard (1778 – 1819) was a French aeronaut and the wife of ballooning pioneer Jean-Pierre Blanchard. She was the first female professional balloonist, making more than 60 ascents. Blanchard entertained Napoleon Bo..
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Fine art print.Titled "Montgolfiere lancee a Tivoli,1800." Shows one of the first hot air balloons being flown above Tivoli in Italy by the Montgolfier brothers in 1800...
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Fine art print.Titled "Neueste Erfingung einen Luftballon dureb Adler zu regieren, 1801". Shows a hot air balloon being pulled by eagles in 1801...
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Fine art print.Titled "Globe fait pour etre dirige, c.1785."..
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Fine art print.Titled "Ascension de Margat sur son Cerf Aeronaute Coco, 1817." Shows an extraordinary hot air balloon carrying a man riding a stag! Perhaps an early publicity campaign to demonstrate flight safety?..
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Fine art print.Shows a hot air balloon being pulled by eagles in 1801...
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Fine art print.Titled "Tour de Calais 1785." The beautiful Montgolfier balloon has a circular platform around the base and passengers are waving from it...
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Fine art print.Titled "Modele du Ballon qui ete execute pour le Sacre de Napoleon en 1804". A.J Garnerin, a famous aeronaut, was commissioned to build an elaborate balloon to be released on the occasion of Napoleon's coronation. It was a fantastic affair with a great Imperial eagle suspended beneath..
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