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Choose from 35 pictures in our Observers collection for your Wall Art or Photo Gift. Popular choices include Framed Photos, Canvas Prints, Posters and Jigsaw Puzzles. All professionally made for quick delivery.

Dropping from a Kite Balloon 1917 Featured Print

Dropping from a Kite Balloon 1917

A British observer drops from the car of a kite balloon, attached to the parachute which is hanging over the side of the basket. His colleague has already jumped and is on his way to the ground. The observations balloons were tethered to the ground, but if a sudden squall were to blow up, there was the risk of the cable snapping and the balloon drifting over enemy held territory. In such circumstances, charts and instruments would be thrown out and then each observer in turn would make what was known as the drop out'. Hopefully they would land safely, and not behind enemy lines. Date: 1917

© Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans

From the Balloon Observers Training Manual, WW1 cartoon Featured Print

From the Balloon Observers Training Manual, WW1 cartoon

"All apparently natural features should be considered in relation to the general nature of the landscape, as the appearance of a hedge or even a solitary tree may be the cause of the discovery of a concealed battery." Cartoon by Bernard Hugh (one of a series on the subject) should a hapless observer in a kite balloon looking at a tree on the ground through his binoculars only to find that it is in fact concealing a battery and a shell is heading straight towards him. A light-hearted view of the dangerous job done by kite balloonists. Date: 1918

© Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans