Jews and Hot Air Balooning #general


Jonathan Myers
 

 
Hi - I'm researching the history of Jews in the field of (aviation) ballooning, particularly the late 19th C and early 20th C. In collecting much information on the topic, I want to find out more about  Mr Herron’s East End Scientific Toy Shop. Prior to the first world war, they exhibited at Crystal Palace (possibly the Great Exhibition or another one more science focused). And it's because of that, that a toy balloon (made by the Weinling family) they were exhibiting was seen by the military. The military part I have collected information on but I'd like to know more about the toy shop - and Mr Herron - if anyone has information.
 
 
Thanks
Jonathan Myers
 
 


Myra Fournier
 

Hi,Jonathan:
I'm afraid I can't help you with any info, but just wanted to let you know I think this topic is so unique!  Who knew Jews were involved?
I've been hot air ballooning many times (most exciting over the Maasi Mara) and it's thrilling.
Good luck, and please keep us posted.
Myra Fournier
Bedford, MA
mjfourn@...


Hank Mishkoff
 

"Jews in Balloons" sounds like a prequel to the Mel Brooks short "Jews in Space." 😮

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAZhtT-dUyo



Hank Mishkoff
Dallas, TX
Hank@...


Jonathan Myers
 

 
Following my last post, I would like to explore the Weinling family who were instrumental in advancing balloon design.prior to WW1. A number of web pages state that they were Orthodox Jews, but don't provide any evidence for that. I'd be grateful for any further information..
 
 
Thanks
Jonathan Myers

On Wed, 15 Sept 2021 at 13:47, Jonathan Myers <jmyers31@...> wrote:
 
Hi - I'm researching the history of Jews in the field of (aviation) ballooning, particularly the late 19th C and early 20th C. In collecting much information on the topic, I want to find out more about  Mr Herron’s East End Scientific Toy Shop. Prior to the first world war, they exhibited at Crystal Palace (possibly the Great Exhibition or another one more science focused). And it's because of that, that a toy balloon (made by the Weinling family) they were exhibiting was seen by the military. The military part I have collected information on but I'd like to know more about the toy shop - and Mr Herron - if anyone has information.
 
 
Thanks
Jonathan Myers
 
 


Kenneth Cutler
 

"The Airship A History" By Basil Collier,(ISBN O 246 10575 5) Showing one of the first successful British airships, "The Willows 2. (City Of Cardiff) of 1910. Also mentions the process "Gold Beater's Skin," a process invented by Aloys Casamir Frederick Weinling (C1807) and patented by him. This process was used to form an airtight seal on the skins used to make the covering of British airships.The process at the time was a closely guarded secret, handed down, and known only to members of the Weinling family. All members of the Weinling family at this time,worked on the process at Farnborough and other locations,travelling to where they were needed. Census documents, and other vital certification, e.g. Marriage Certificates, lists the occupation of various members of the Weinling family, as Balloon manufacturers.
 
There are multiple articles in 1888 concerning the Court martial of an officer associated with this family in Britain. There are trees with more info on Ancestry.com.

 
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Kenneth A. Cutler, Esq.
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Thierry.Samama@...
 

Hi Jonathan,

Albert Samama-Chikly introduced air balloons and aerial photography in Tunisia in 1908. He was also the first fiction cinematographer in Tunisia and a friend of the Lumière brothers, one of the first war photographers in the French army during WWI, experimented with X-ray imaging, underwater photography and all sorts of new and exciting technologies of the day.

Cheers,

Thierry Samama


Sidney Conn
 

This may not be the historical information that you were seeking but did you know that during the 1980s and up until about 2006, there were two manufacturers of hot air balloons in America? One was owned by Steve Hoffmann who lived in Virginia and the other belonged to my wife Elenor and me. Ours was called Firefly Balloons and it was located in Statesville NC, near Charlotte. A bit of history.....in 1980, El and I flew a balloon over the North Pole. It was an expedition dedicated to Commander Peary, the first to set foot on the Pole and to Salomon Andree, the Swedish leader of the Andree Polar Balloon Expedition of 1897. Andree and two scientists crashed on the ice and perished after almost 30 days. We finished Andree's expedition for him and planted the Swedish flag at the Pole. 

Sidney Conn
Birmingham Alabama