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June 4, 2011 / jmeuropeana

Montgolfier experiments

On the 4th of June –

The Montgolfier brothers give their first public demonstration of their hot air balloon in 1783 in the French town of Annonney. Why there? Well, Annonney was a center of paper manufacture, and that is where teh Montgolfiers, paper makers lived. Paper was also a vital ingredient in their balloon.

Luftballon-Versuch, Montgolfier 1783
Description des expériences de la machine aérostatique de MM. de Montgolfier / 1

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