National Air and Space Museum Acquires Art, Objects Recalling Balloons of Early Flight Years

The Milestones of Flight entrance hall of the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. Among the visible aircraft are Spirit of St. Louis, the Apollo 11 command module, Space Ship One, and Bell X-1. ( Photo via Wikipedia)
The Milestones of Flight entrance hall of the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. Among the visible aircraft are Spirit of St. Louis, the Apollo 11 command module, Space Ship One, and Bell X-1. ( Photo via Wikipedia)
The Milestones of Flight entrance hall of the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. Among the visible aircraft are Spirit of St. Louis, the Apollo 11 command module, Space Ship One, and Bell X-1. ( Photo via Wikipedia)

PRESS RELEASE – The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum has acquired a collection of more than 1,000 works of art, prints, objects and other materials documenting early human flight, beginning with balloons.The museum announced this month that it has acquired the Evelyn Way Kendall Ballooning and Early Aviation Collection.The collection recalls the excitement at the first sights of colorful balloons rising into the air in Europe in 1783. At the time, many people sought out images of the balloons and the men and women who flew them.Kendall began collecting memorabilia from the early days of flight in the 1920s and amassed a large collection. Highlights include paintings of balloon flights in Europe, America and Japan.The collection was donated by the Norfolk Charitable Trust based in Sharon, Massachusetts.

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