The Illustrated London News Balloon fitted with Mr. Graham's Steering apparatus
- Creation: 1852 June 12
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Biographical / Historical
Margaret Graham (b. 1804), and George Graham, known as "Mr. and Mrs. Graham," were active balloonists in England from 1823-c. 1853. Mrs. Graham was the more active aeronaut and made her first balloon ascent in the company of her husband, on June 2, 1824. In July 1836, she ascended for the first time with another woman, marking the first recorded ascent by women alone. The Grahams’ ballooning careers were marked by difficult ascensions and accidents, involving both their solo flights and those made with together. Mrs. Graham’s last recorded balloon ascension was made on August 19, 1853 from the Rotunda Gardens in Dublin.
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Existence and Location of Originals
13.1 x 23.9 cm (at widest/longest)
Article from The Illustrated London News about George Graham’s steering apparatus for balloons. The illustrations show a close-up of the mechanics of the steering apparatus and a balloon with the mechanism attached.
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