Saturday, August 4, 2007

Flying Machines (circa 1885)


This image, depicting many different flying machines, is from the Library of Congress, dated circa 1885. The full image appears below along with many different cropped versions showing the detail of the piece. The Library of Congress description of the engraving also appears below.

No. 18 shows a collapsible Montgolfier balloon from 1784; no. 23 is the design for a glider balloon as described in "Reflections on the aerostatic sphere," 1783 (September); no. 24 depicts Jean-Charles (l'avocat) Thilorier's plan for transporting troops across the English Channel to invade England, ca. 1800; and no. 32 shows the dirigible balloon glider used by Charles Guillé for an attempted ascension in Paris, November 13, 1814.










See also:
Going to the Opera in the Year 2000 (1882)
Postcards Show the Year 2000 (circa 1900)
Collier's Illustrated Future of 2001 (1901)
Paleo-Future Wallpaper: Round 2

13 comments:

Little Max said...

Awesome!
These look ripe for desktopping to me.

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Silent said...

Am I the only one noticing a UFO in the first picture ?

ka6_jeram said...

Seems like a whole bunch of lollipop from afar

Alex Toronto, ON said...

If hot air balloons were in 1885 the current tech and today rockets and jet aircraft are the same for us, how will our successors regard our current technology in 122 years and what will they have that will make out stuff look like the balloons of yesteryear?

Akaki Kuumeri said...

I love how in the last two pictures the so-far-so-credible balloons and such moved on to a new technology which involves hanging vessels from clouds.

subcorpus said...

i'd like to know what our children will think of the technology we are using today ...
what would people of 2100 think about what we call cutting edge technology today ...
nice pics byt the way ...
they sure do have kewl imaginations ... hehe ...

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Watch TV said...

Reminds of this book I used to have that detailed Da Vinci's designs.

Sean said...

Does anyone know anything about the ones that seem to be hanging from the clouds? I can't for the life of me make any sense of it... Did they think clouds were solid somehow?

Anonymous said...

silent, that's the first thing I noticed was the flying saucer. Can't be a coincidence. How would someone think of that unless they saw one. Great pictures.

antigravity said...

Great collection of pics!

artbot said...

I think there was an early air-screw (propeller) design that looked like the "flying saucer" seen here. It may even be a Di Vinci design.