In America it began in 1793, on the day Jean Blanchard piloted a balloon from Philadelphia to Woodbury, New Jersey. That’s barely a hop, skip, and a jump today. In a time when George Washington was still alive, it was a mind-blowing achievement.
It happened again in 1860 when Sam King took photographer James Black aloft in a balloon known as “Queen of the Air,” where the latter snapped two photos of Boston from 2,000 feet above the street. [Read more…]