Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA
Clouds in a Bag
The Evelyn Way Kendall Ballooning and Early Aviation Collection
    The crowd cheers the London ascent of the balloon Royal Sultan, flown by Mr. Charles Paternoster, August 7, 1854.
    Fan dating to 1783 painted with the image of the first hot air balloons to carry living creatures aloft (right and left) and the first gas balloon to carry human beings on a free flight.
    This fan from the Kendall Collection was produced by the Duvelleroy Company in about 1900. It shows ascents by J.B. Blanchard (right) and J.A.C. Charles, with fashionable ladies and gentlemen watching a passing balloon through a mica window. The sticks are gilded Ivory. A tiny opera glass is mounted where the sticks connect.
    An enthusiastic crowd gathers for George Graham’s launch from the New Hungerford Market, London, July 2, 1833.
    A small box featuring a mixed hot air and hydrogen balloon over the English Channel from the Evelyn Way Kendall Ballooning and Early Aviation Collection.
    A miniature water color painting of a balloon over a French military camp, c.1794 from the Evelyn Way Kendall Ballooning and Early Aviation Collection.
    A circular wood snuff box, from the Evelyn Way Kendall Ballooning and Early Aviation Collection, with scene of the Montgolfier flight from Versailles on  September 19, 1783. The balloon carried a sheep, a duck and a rooster into the air.
    A miniature painting of the first flight of a gas balloon from the Champ de Mars on August 27, 1783, on an ivory snuff box from the Evelyn Way Kendall Ballooning and Early Aviation Collection.
    A bandbox celebrating the flight of Richard Clayton from Cincinnati, Ohio, 1835 from the Evelyn Way Kendall Ballooning and Early Aviation Collection.
    This decorative fan from the Kendall Collection depicts the ascent of J.A.C. Charles’ first hydrogen balloon from the Tuileries Palace on December 1, 1783. The sticks are carved and gilded ivory.
    This fan from the Kendall Collection was produced by the Duvelleroy Company in about 1900. It shows ascents by J.B. Blanchard (right) and J.A.C. Charles, with fashionable ladies and gentlemen watching a passing balloon through a mica window. The sticks are gilded Ivory. A tiny opera glass is mounted where the sticks connect.
    This late 18th century fan from the Kendall Collection shows three images of the first hydrogen balloon, flown by J.A.C. Charles and M.N Robert. The sticks are carved Mother of Pearl.
    This decorative fan from the Kendall Collection depicts the ascent of J.A.C. Charles' first hydrogen balloon from the Tuileries Palace on December 1, 1783, and the landing at the village of Nesles-la-Vallée, outside Paris. The sticks may be mahogany with bone inlay.
    This decorative fan from the Kendall Collection depicts too the right and left a lady and gentleman watching one of J.P. Blanchard’s balloons in flight. The ivory sticks are intricately carved and gilded with images of people, cherubs, birds, and flowers.