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Fantastic flying machines were portrayed in many satirical cartoons of the 1820s lampooning the March_of_the_Intellect¹. The publication of this text in 1845 may have been prompted by the Aerial Steam Carriage patented by William Henson and John Stringfellow in 1842. The machine could not have worked - the image is from an advertisement.

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Reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aerial_steam_carriage#/media/File:1843_engraving_of_the_Aerial_Steam_Carriage.jpg

 

 

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