Sophie Blanchard and Balloonomania


Portrait of French balloonist Sophie Blanchard standing in the decorated basket of her balloon during her flight in Milan, Italy, in 1811, in the presence of the imperial and royal highness. Public domain
Portrait of French balloonist Sophie Blanchard standing in the decorated basket of her balloon during her flight in Milan, Italy, in 1811, in the presence of the imperial and royal highness. Public domain

From timid girl to trailblazer, Sophie Blanchard became famous in the early 1800s as the first woman to become a career balloonist.

Topics in this Podcast: ballooning, European history, biographies, 19th century, manias