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Thompson Brothers Balloon Company Collection

Creator:
Thompson Brothers Balloon & Parachute Company  Search this
Names:
Thompson Brothers Balloon & Parachute Company  Search this
Extent:
0.4 Cubic feet ((1 flatbox))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Business records
Manuscripts
Photographs
Financial records
Clippings
Date:
[ca. 1903-1939]
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of memorabilia and records relating to the company, including clippings, copperplates, expense accounts, photos, and so forth. The collection also includes a manuscript by Frank H. Thompson (1971) giving a history of the company.
Biographical / Historical:
The Thompson Brothers Balloon & Parachute Company was established in 1903 to manufacture balloons but they soon shifted to exhibition work, as manufacturing and sales became a sideline for the company. In 1933, the company was operating out of Aurora, Illinois, and was manufacturing and distributing balloons, parachutes, and aerial apparatus for performers as well as furnishing parachute leaps from airplanes and balloons. The company closed in 1939.
General:
NASMrev
Provenance:
Frank H. Thompson, Gift, 1971, XXXX-0014, not NASM
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Parachutes  Search this
Balloons -- Exhibitions  Search this
Balloons  Search this
Aeronautics, Commercial -- United States  Search this
Aeronautics, Commercial  Search this
Aeronautics -- Exhibitions  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Genre/Form:
Business records
Manuscripts
Photographs
Financial records
Clippings
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.0014
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-xxxx-0014

Stratoscope II Collection

Creator:
DeVorkin, David H., 1944-  Search this
Extent:
1.54 Cubic Feet ((1 legal document box) (1 records center box))
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Correspondence
Notes
Reports
Financial records
Photographs
Date:
1963-1970
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of material documenting the development of the Stratoscope II. Included are the following types of material: photographs, financial reports, annual reports, test notes, minutes from internal meetings, correspondence, test plans, flight procedures and tests, record books, slides, and flight schedules.
Biographical / Historical:
The Stratoscope II was a giant .09 meter infrared telescope that was originally designed in the early 1960s for direct imaging but was first applied to infrared spectroscopy of planets and galaxies. The Stratoscope II was a balloon-borne telescope; the balloon was unmanned and the working of the telescope was radio-controlled from the ground while the telescope's pointing and focus were monitored by television.
General:
NASMrev
Provenance:
John Dearden/Johns Hopkins University, gfit, 1993, 1993-0069, unknown
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Stratoscope II  Search this
Infrared telescopes  Search this
Infrared spectroscopy  Search this
Balloons  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Astronautics  Search this
Genre/Form:
Correspondence
Notes
Reports
Financial records
Photographs
Identifier:
NASM.1993.0069
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-1993-0069

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