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Ballonmania, Alsace, 1783 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
During the 1780s, the scientific innovation of balloon flight caught the popular imagination. The first ascent with passengers was in a balloon constructed by the Montgolfier brothers, which took off from Versailles near Paris on 21 November 1783. The intense public enthusiasm for ballooning prompted the commercial and domestic production of numerous fashionable objects featuring balloons.
The wonderful thing about printed paintings on pocket squares is that they can produce a number of different effects depending on how they are folded and creates a great topic for conversation once pulled out of the breast pocket.