Silk Dress Balloon Fabric

     

Silk Dress Balloon Fabric

This scrap of fabric from a Confederate reconnaissance balloon used during the Civil War was collected by Thaddeus Lowe and donated to the Museum by a member of his estate.  One can see the various patterns from the different styles of dress silk used in the construction.

Image Number: SI-2006-24070
Credit: National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
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