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Rubber-Balloon Globe Puts the World in Your Pocket (Jun, 1942)

Rubber-Balloon Globe Puts the World in Your Pocket

CARRYING the world in your pocket is no task with this balloon globe designed to keep you abreast of world events. The rubber balloon can be inflated by three or four lungfuls to a diameter of eight inches. The neck is then twisted and passed through a slot in the cardboard disk which is used as a base. The globe’s scale is approximately one inch for 800 miles. To put the world back in your pocket, just pull its neck out of the slot in the base and let the air escape.

Helium Once Worth $5,000 Costs under Two Cents (Dec, 1936)

It looks like Helium will remain cheap, at least for a few more years. (BTW, every single publication I saw felt the need to make a Helium pun in the headline)

Helium Once Worth $5,000 Costs under Two Cents
Twenty years ago it would have cost you $5,000 to buy enough helium gas to inflate a small balloon about two and one-half feet in diameter. Today the same amount of gas can be had for one and one-half cents. The drastic reduction in the price of helium since 1916 is due to the discovery by the U. S. Bureau of Mines of a method of recovering helium from natural gas instead of from the air.

Ten Miles High in an AIR-TIGHT BALL (Aug, 1931)

If it began to leak then the ball wasn’t exactly air-tight…
Also, with its tethers attached the capsule looks a lot like one of the tripods from War of the Worlds.

Ten Miles High in an AIR-TIGHT BALL

A HUGE yellow balloon soared skyward, a few weeks ago, from Augsberg, -Germany. Instead of a basket, it trailed an air-tight black-and-silver aluminum ball. Within Prof. Auguste Piccard, physicist, and Charles Kipfer aimed to explore the air 50,000 feet up.

Helium Balloons are Novel Features of this Parade (May, 1929)

Helium Balloons are Novel Features of this Parade

FISH and tiger balloons filled with helium gas were features of a recent parade in New York City in which a prize of $100 was offered for each balloon recovered after it had been released in the parade. The balloons were expected to float for a week before coming to earth. Helium is the same gas which is used in the Navy’s dirigible Los Angeles. America is practically the only producer of this valuable gas, refining it from natural wells in Texas and Oklahoma. Helium is especially valuable for aircraft use because it is an inert gas and will not ignite.


I think there might be just a few technical problems with this idea…

Oh, I don’t know.  In Project Excelsior  then-Captain Joe Kittinger bailed out of a balloon gondola over 19 miles high. These guys would have had an aircraft around them.

Plans for the first glider flight in the stratosphere are under way in Russia, where a motorless plane will be carried aloft by a huge balloon to a height of about twelve and a half miles and then cut loose. Enclosed in a hermetically sealed cabin, the copilots of the glider will guide its initial plunge toward the earth at an estimated speed of more than 250 miles an hour, made possible by the rarefied air of the upper levels of the atmosphere, and level it off for a gradual glide to a landing.



ON CALM DAYS, kite enthusiast Domina Jalbert felt frustrated. Although he had kites of all types, he simply couldn’t make one fly when there wasn’t any breeze.

This frustration led to the Kytoon, a hybrid sky rider that combines the best features of the kite with the best of the balloon. Even the name, Kytoon, is a combination of kite and balloon.