Game 161: WHAT In The World?!?! (dec 30)

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by Soul*, Dec 30, 2013.

  1. Soul*

    Soul* Well-Known Member

    What in the world, when in the world?
  2. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Hi Soul

    Good to hear from you again. The above looks like an early illustration from the days of
    the Montgolfier Brothers who invented the hot air balloon. Right about the time our
    Revolutionary War ended.

    See what I can find.

  3. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Well, I've looked at so many hot air balloons I'm out of breath. Easy to find pics of current
    balloons. Not so easy to find the early ones. I did find pictures from a balloon race in
    England in 1913. Ladies and gents in elegant clothes. Kinda like the horse race in "My
    Fair Lady" at the Ascot Racecourse.

    The above illustration looks like it was done by someone who also illustrated astronomy
    or tarot cards material.

    Oh yeah, found an account of the Montgolfier brothers putting on a demonstration at Versailles
    Palace before Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. A balloon was sent up with three passengers:
    a sheep, duck and rooster. The flight was brief and the passengers were unharmed.

  4. Soul*

    Soul* Well-Known Member

    You are close about the time frame Rock. It is from 1887 and is not for human transport. Also it has to do with the time of year we are in... hope that helps...
  5. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    It's a New Year's balloon with fireworks?

    How do you say "Happy New Year" in Dutch?

  6. Soul*

    Soul* Well-Known Member

    Wooohoooo yes that is it!!! Congrats and

    Gelukkig Nieuw Jaar :D

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  7. Soul*

    Soul* Well-Known Member

    Happy new year to all :D