The fascination with hot air and gas balloons gave rise in the 1780s to what was called “balloonmania.” Ascents drew enormous crowds. Balloon motifs appeared everywhere: on furniture, jewelry, medallions, hairstyles, hats, clothing, ceramics, commemorative plates, bowls and even food as in “filet à la Montgolfier.” Pictured here are some samples, including caricatures, particularly of clothing. See other evidence of this fad here.

posted June 6th, 2013 by Janet, CATEGORIES: Amusements, Fashion, France

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