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Prof. Oscar Hunt's Balloon Ascension


 This letter from Prof. Oscar Hunt concerns the arrangements for the balloon ascensions to be held on the grounds of the celebration. Click on the MEDIA ITEMS below for more information




HUNT'S
GREAT BALLOON AND PARACHUTE COMPANY,

Prof. Oscar Hunt, Manager.
Prof. King Burke, Assistant Manager.

THE ONLY AERONAUTS CONTROLLING AND USING BALLOONS OF ALL DESCRIPTIONS WITH PARACHUTE ATTACHMENTS.
Parachute Jumps being now made by both Ladies and Gentlemen when 5000 feet high.

ADDRESS PROF. OSCAR HUNT,
Practical and Aeronautical Engineer,
942 Sheriff St.,
Cleveland, O.

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN
HAMLINE, MINN., September 16, 1889.

This is to certify that the Minnesota State Fair Association, through its Secretary, H.R. DENNEY, contracted with Prof. Hunt, the celebrated Aeronaut, of Cleveland,O., for two Balloon Ascensions and Parachute Descents, one to be made by lady and one by gent, at the grounds of the said Fair, situated at Hamline, Minn., and I would say that the contract was fully carried out, giving great satisfaction to all, being one of the strongest attractions it is possible to get. It was the feature of the Fair.

Respectfully,
H.R. DENNEY, Sec'y Minn. State Fair Ass'n.

TO FAIR ASSOCIATIONS AND OTHERS INTERESTED IN DRAWING LARGE CROWDS OF PEOPLE. We would respectfully call your attention to the fact, that this season we are fully prepared to furnish Balloon Ascension and Balloon Races with Parachute Leaps at any time or place, by Lady or Gentleman Aeronauts, using Gas or Hot Air Balloons. We are positively the only Aeronauts in the world that have Lady Aeronauts making Parachute Leaps. We point with pride to our past record of 1888.

35 SUCCESSFUL LEAPS WITHOUT A SINGLE FAILURE.

We are fully equipped with a corps of Aeronauts, each of whom are artists; and parties making contracts with us, may rest assured that the ascensions and leaps will be made in a scientific and artistic manner, giving satisfaction to all.

WE MAKE NO FAILURES.

Through the vast amount of Printing necessarily used by us each year we are enabled to furnish the finest printing at a very low figure. We furnish any number cuts to our patrons free, for newspapers and small bills. We do not wish to trouble you with a host of testimonials, but can furnish you with any number, from all parts of the United States, upon application.

CAUTION!

We have discovered that parties are using our name, and have feloniously appropriated our cuts, using them in their advertisements; and we would caution all interested against being misled by these would-be Aeronauts, who are an unreliable set of fakirs, not capable of making an ascension and parachute leap, satisfactory even to themselves.

Cleveland, O.
September 14th, 1889.
R.W. McMichael, Esq.
Chairman
Amusement Committee
Allegany County
Centennial Celebration
Cumberland, Md.

Dear Sir,

Yours of 12th to hand many thanks for your receiving us about quarters. You could oblige us by securing quarters for two. We would prefer a private house near the grounds where the ascent is to be made. Unfortunately, one of our men has been taken sick and it may be necessary to substitute a Lady in his stead; however, you may rely upon our constant being faithfully carried out without any additional expense to you. Be kind enough to advise us if the changes would make any difference to you (providing our man does not get better. We will be with ou on the 19th or 20th which will give us plenty of time to have everything in order - By our previous letters you will see we lend to each fair cuts for newspapers and dodger (a small handbill or circular) advertising and on the 15th of August we forwarded you the cuts. The dodgers are never supplied by us and generally the expense is saved by printing on the back of your dodger. Choose advertisement for clothing store they paying for the privilege sufficient to cover full cost of dodger. From what we now know the change of dates from 24th and 25th to 23rd and 24th will not make any difference to us.

Respectfully yours,
Oscar Hunt





ID:
acca046

Notes:
Pictures of Prof. Oscar Hunt, Miss Eugene DeVaw, Miss Elsey Vandell, Miss Laura DesMoin, and Prof. King Burke with brief advertisements for the feats performed by these aeronauts

"Dodger" in the letter refers to a small handbill or circular.

Date:
1889

Collection Location:
Allegany County Library

Original Size:
43cm x 35.5cm

Subject:
Entertainers; History (Md.)

Coverage:
Eastern United States, 1889

 
 
Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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