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Il Secolo Illustrato, Progetto D'un Viaggio Al Polo Nord in Pallone

 Digital Record
Identifier: VBI_000549


  • Creation: 1890 November 16

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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

North Pole

Biographical / Historical

Salomon August Andrée was a Swedish Aeronaut who undertook an ill-fated Arctic expedition in his balloon the Örnen (Eagle). With companions Nils Strindberg and Knut Fraenkel, Andrée lifted off from Svalbard on July 11, 1897. A few positive communications were received via carrier pigeons, but a series of mishaps downed the balloon and the men were never heard from again. For 33 years it remained a mystery what had happened to the aeronauts, until in 1930, the discovery of the expedition's last camp site uncovered photographs and diaries that allowed the entire story of the Andrée expedition to be pieced together at last.

Language of Materials


Existence and Location of Originals

Box 24

Physical Description



8 pages; 30.5 x 44.4 cm

General Note

Clipping from the Italian newspaper "Il Secolo Illustrato" containing illustrations of S.A. Andrée's balloon for North Pole exploration. One image shows the balloon in the clouds dragging a guide rope, one shows the outside of the balloon carriage with a boat tied to its side and one shows a cross-section of the inside of the carriage.

General Note

Il Secolo Illustrato

Sources used for Biographical/Historical note

Hallion, Richard P., Taking Flight: inventing the aerial age from antiquity through the First World War (New York, Oxford University Press), 79.

Rolt, L.T.C., The Aeronauts: A History of Ballooning 1783-1903 (Walker, New York, 1966), 152-158.

Svenska sallskapet for antropologi och geografi, Salomon August Andrée, Nils Strindberg, and Edward Adams-Ray. Andrée's story; the complete record of his polar flight, 1897, from the diaries and journals of S.A. Andrée, Nils Strindberg, and K. Frænkel, found on White Island in the summer of 1930. (New York: Viking Press, 1930).

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