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Louis Godard

 Digital Record
Identifier: VBI_000428


  • Creation: c. 1889

Conditions Governing Use

Access to the Theodore Newton Vail Collection of Aeronautical Images, Broadsides and Clippings is not authorization to publish. Separate written application for permission to publish must be made to the Institute Archives. Copyright of some items in this collection may be held by respective creators, not by the donor of the collection.

Biographical / Historical

Louis Godard was the son of balloonist Eugéne Godard and brother to Jules. In addition to his own aeronautic voyages and experiments, he also participated in others', notably the construction of Felix Nadar's “Le Géant.”

Language of Materials


Existence and Location of Originals

Box 19

Physical Description



4 pages; 25.0 x 17.5 cm

General Note

Italian pamphlet describing the mechanics of Louis Godard’s balloon, to be exhibited at the 1889 World’s Fair in Paris. The front cover illustration shows Louis Godard and his balloon is pictured ascended over Montecitorio Plaza on the back cover.

Sources used for Biographical/Historical note

Bacon, John Mackenzie. The dominion of the air: the story of aerial navigation. (Cassell and company, limited, London, New York [etc.], 1902.), 101-103.

Rolt, L.T.C., The Aeronauts: A History of Ballooning 1783-1903 (Walker, New York, 1966), 146-147.

Turnor, Hatton, Astra Castra; experiments and adventures in the atmosphere (London, Chapman and Hall, 1865), 266.

Repository Details

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