Uhlans Tracking the Course of a Balloon from Paris.

Wood engraving, 1870.
Image size 10 3/4 x 9 1/8" (27.2 x 23.3 cm).
Good condition, discoloration in the left margin. Modern handcolor.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 98051
Price: $75.00
Publisher : Published by Harper's Weekly. December 3, 1870.
Uhlan was a term used to identify cavalry regiments which used lances. The term was coined by the Polish, who in turn derived it from the Turkish word "oglan" or "ulan." which means "boy."

An article on the back described the scene as, "The Prussians are naturally anxious to put a stop to the 'ballooning posts' which defy their attempts to isolate Paris from communicating with the rest of France, and put in requisition every means for their capture. At the head-quarters of the German staff men are constantly on the look-out with telescopes, and the instant a balloon is descried rising over Paris notice is telegraphed throughout the camps and parties of cavalry are dispatched in chase, in the hope of making a capture when it descends. They sometimes ride a long distance into the country in their eagerness, and even penetrate districts as yet unoccupied by the Prussians."
18th-19th Century Subjects , Aviation , Lighter than Air