'Monsieur Charles and the Duke of Chartres', 1783

'Monsieur Charles and the Duke of Chartres', 1783 Hot Air Balloons


Stock #: 539891
Type: Postcard
Era: Real Photo
Publisher: Kean Historical Post Card
Size: 3.5" x 5.5" (9 x 14 cm)

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Steel engraving showing Charles and Robert's balloon landing at Nesle-la-Vallee in France greeted by a small crowd of onlookers, including the Duke of Chartres. Jacques Charles (1746-1823) and Noel Robert made the first manned free flight in a hydrogen balloon on 1 December 1783. The balloon set off from the gardens of the Tuilleries in Paris at 1.40pm, landing two hours later at Nesle-la-Vallee, between Nesle and Hedouville, over 27 miles (43 km) away. Robert alighted here, while Charles re-ascended in the balloon, reaching an altitude of over 9000 feet (2.7 km).