Thoughts on { Hot air balloons | Alberto Santos-Dumont / H. G. Wells / William Wordsworth / Ray Davies / Nadar

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Müller & Kadeder, Tin-Carousel Airship, hand-painted

“There’s something in a flying horse,
There’s something in a huge balloon.”

William Wordsworth 

“To propel a dirigible balloon through the air is
like pushing a candle through a brick wall.”

Alberto Santos-Dumont


Hot Air Balloon Toy

“Man can go up against gravitation in a balloon,
and why should he not hope that ultimately he
may be able to stop or accelerate his drift along
the Time-Dimension, or even turn about and
travel the other way.”

H. G. Wells

“We’re out of control on this loony balloon,
barely missing the other planets and stars.”

Ray Davies


“We have had bird’s-eye views seen by mind’s eye
imperfectly. Now we will have nothing less than
the tracings of nature itself, reflected on the plate.”


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