This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.
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Surrounded by onlookers, William J. Hammer, Dr. R. G. Wells, and Dr. Abbott Lawrence Rotch prepare for a balloon ascension, November 14, 1889, Paris. A large phonograph speaker horn is installed above the balloon basket ring. Rotch was the founder and first director of the Blue Hill Meteorological Observatory.
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