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We use balloons for a very long time now and they were our first method of flying as well as toys and tools in research and breaking records. Here’s a timeline of balloon history.
Toy balloons are an old toy. Children and jesters used an inflated pig’s bladder as early as 14th century. Today we have much prettier (and much more sanitary) variants of toy balloons that we use for parties and celebrations. Read more about history of toy balloon.
Since the earliest days, man tries to fly. We have myths that reflect this human wish. Balloons were the first that helped us to fulfill this wish (although, we first had to send couple of animals to test the idea for us). Read about balloon flight history.
Hot air balloons were the first flying machines and they have interesting history. They were toys at first, used for signalization and for celebrations, but in time grew in size and allowed us to fly around the world.