Punch,  19 (1850), 52.

Summer Novelties in Balloons



Essay, Drollery; Advertisement, Spoof


Aeronautics, Amusement

    Describes the 'rage for experimental balloons' and urges that it must be stopped 'or else all sorts of extravagancies, animal and pyrotechnical, will be committed in the name of science'. Noting the ascent from Paris of a balloon carrying a donkey, suggests an advertisement for a balloon ascent by Charles Green and the hippopotamus from the Zoological Society Gardens. Expresses concern that ballooning pursuits will get out of hand.

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