In the late 18th-century, Paris, France was the epicenter of experimental balloon flight. On 5 June 1783, the Montgolfier Brothers sent up the first hot air balloon. Jacques Charles launched the first hydrogen balloon 27 August*. The Montgolfier Brothers then sent up a sheep, a duck, and a rooster to see if living creatures could survive at a shocking altitude of 1500 feet (460 m). The first manned free flight in a balloon was taken by Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier and Francois d’Arlandes on 21 November 1783. Ballooning “took off”, teaching us about meteorology, geography, the atmosphere, and opening the doors to modern aviation. Take to the skies of P-AIR-is! and join the world of the early aeronauts.
Our goal is to process and ship all orders within 48 hours. We primarily ship through UPS and USPS. Free shipping is offered on all orders $79 and higher within the 48 contiguous United States. Free shipping on orders $79 and up does not apply to Hawaii, Alaska, and other U.S. Territories and international destinations.
Dowdle Mini Wooden Puzzles, Dowdle Classic Wooden Puzzles, Boardwalk Wooden Puzzles, custom orders, and Disney Art and framed art may take 2-3 weeks for production and delivery of your order. Please allow extra time when ordering these items.
Holiday Shipping Deadlines
Please be mindful of the following dates to help your gifts arrive in time for Christmas.
3 Dec. for personalized art—people and pets painted into an existing painting. This deadline has passed. Any personalized art ordered after Dec. 3rd will be shipped in 5-6 weeks.
10 Dec. for custom orders—wood puzzles and art made from an image you provide
17 Dec. for regular orders—in stock items on our website