Ca. 1890. Very imaginatively illustrated silk kerchief depicting the various stages of launching a hot air balloon and parachute at the same time, with the parachute used to descend to earth.
The main image, at the bottom of the kerchief, depicts the single (unidentified) balloonist holding the parachute in his left hand, about to pull the harness over his body as the balloon begins to rise. To the right he is seen just above the crowd holding on to a rope that he is sitting on under the rising balloon, and to the far right, having released the hot air balloon, slowly dropping to earth by means of the parachute which he is simply holding onto without a harness.
There are 8 vignettes altogether; they include one with a crowd in the background, with an officer keeping them back; attendants holding sand bags around the base of the balloon; and the single balloonist swooping above the trees in his large parachute.
Possibly Park Van Tassel [1853 - 1930] who was pioneering aerial exhibitionist in the U.S. and abroad. Van Tassel made the first balloon flights in New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado[ and helped invent and introduce methods of parachute jumping from balloons. His efforts helped introduce ballooning and parachuting internationally and also helped introduce women to these sports. Wikipedia dot com
At the top is a portrait of the jumper. 16 x 16 1/2". The illustrations printed in sepia on a white background; the border of the silk kerchief printed in bright pink. Folds but can be flattened; very bright and clean. Very good + condition. Item #26257