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What’s this, you say? Looks like just another rococo drawing. But wait – is that a hot air balloon?

I invite you to revel in the absurd glory that is Young Woman Putting Flowers on A Statue of Cupid looks over her shoulder and sees the balloon carrying Jacques Charles and Marie Noel Roberts on the first manned gas balloon flight from Paris, December 1, 1783. Man, that’s a mouthful.

Thank you, Library of Congress.

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