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Author:  Hellou_Librorum [ Fri Jul 18, 2008 8:15 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: 18th Century Fans

I don't know. All I know is that they sent up sheep or a goat before they tried with humans. The French used the hot air balloon as means of attack for the Austrians.

Author:  Délicate fleur [ Sat Jul 19, 2008 5:54 am ]
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Hellou_Librorum wrote:
I don't know. All I know is that they sent up sheep or a goat before they tried with humans. The French used the hot air balloon as means of attack for the Austrians.

I think that's what the English nervously joked, that the French would attack across the Channel in their hot air balloons!
The Montgolfier brothers first flew the balloon with a sheep called Montauciel ('climb-to-the-sky'), a duck and a chicken. This was how Marie Antoinette and the courtiers first saw its flight. Pilatre de Rozier and his companion died from a fall from the height of 1500 feet after their balloon exploded.

Author:  Hellou_Librorum [ Sat Jul 19, 2008 3:10 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: 18th Century Fans

Oh my. :shock: That's a brutal way to go!

Author:  versailles [ Sat Jul 19, 2008 6:29 pm ]
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but it was painless at least

Author:  Délicate fleur [ Mon Jul 21, 2008 1:04 am ]
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Not particularly, he fell and broke his arm and leg, and was found near death in a pool of his own blood. Not very painless, I think! :cry:

Author:  versailles [ Mon Jul 21, 2008 2:25 pm ]
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:shock: oh, ok then

Author:  Sillage de la Reine [ Sun Aug 24, 2008 12:10 am ]
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Does anyone know how to make an 18th Century fan? I found a site, where they sell fans for very very cheap, like $1.50 a piece. They come in blue, white, and pink though it's plain. I was thinking about buying it and making a collage of pictures I collect of the 18th century online, perhaps even just cherubs. I want to throw a Marie Antoinette ball for my 30th birthday and give out those fans as invitations, and the guest have to decorate it according to that era. There will be a contest of who makes the most colorful, innovative, and historically correct (besides moi). Prizes will most likely be anything 18th century related like porcelain sets for example.

Author:  Marija Vera [ Sun Aug 24, 2008 12:13 am ]
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You have a great idea, very creative! I hope you will manage to pull it out! :angel8:

Author:  Ray [ Sat Sep 13, 2008 5:48 am ]
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Thanks to everyone for sharing their knowledge and beautiful pictures of 18th century fans. They are really fascinating. I wonder why people don't use them today as they are so practical. Perhaps because of air conditioning? Anyway, thanks again!

Sincerely,
Ray

Author:  Sillage de la Reine [ Fri Oct 17, 2008 6:27 am ]
Post subject:  I found a site on making FANS

After a couple of months, I'm answering my own question. I'm sure everyone would find this helpful too. I found a website how to make 18th century fans yourself, it may not look entirely authentic, but it's close, it looks pretty easy, and also a fun project.
http://www.costumes.org/classes/254page ... S/fans.htm

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