Picturing The Balloon Fiesta

Some Great Art From Years Past

Sam Adams
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Picturing the Balloon Fiesta
Professor Park Van Tassel inflates Burque’s first air balloon on July 4, 1882 where the Sunshine Theater now stands. (Courtesy of Rio Grande Books)
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While I think the Ballooon Fiesta is great, I have a little trouble getting there. First off, I hate getting up early. Second, I don’t like crowds. Third, I like traffic even less than I like crowds—at least you can move around in crowds.

That said, I enjoyed reading
a few new books published on the aerial spectacle, and writing those books up in this week’s Alibi . I learned about the late, great Sid Cutter, and also got some tasty anecdotes about shark attacks. Love reading about shark attacks. But my favorite part about the new works was some of the great art the researchers managed to dig up. Whether it was a vacationing penguin balloon channeling his inner Jimmy Buffett or photos from the first balloon launch in Albuquerque back in the late 19th century, the visuals were truly awesome. Here are some highlights that didn’t make it to print:
Picturing the Balloon Fiesta

Program for the first Balloon Fiesta.

Picturing the Balloon Fiesta

“If you like piña colada!”

Greg Meland

St. Gall cathedral balloon

The “oversized jumpy castle for wealthy Swedish altar boys.”

Greg Meland

Picturing the Balloon Fiesta

Special Shape Glowdeo. Hey, this one’s at night! Maybe I should go ...

David Villegas

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