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By Ken Trombly – Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Thaddeus S. C. Lowe. Now that may be a moniker—because it appears like a unusual professor in a Walt Disney movie.

Really, this was an actual particular person, born 1832, who grew up on a farm in New Hampshire. A precocious youth, Thaddeus was a voracious reader and autodidact who as a younger man, was so taken with the magic and science act of 1 Professor Dincklehoff, that he turned his apprentice, finally taking up the touring present and adopting the title, Carlincourt.

This presumably distinctive woodcut poster (c. 36 x 45 inches) is harking back to John Henry Anderson and Robert-Houdin posters in its vignettes of ordinary results of that interval. As did a number of the extra adventurous performers of that early to mid 1800’s period, Lowe/Carlincourt’s exhibits finally included balloon ascensions. His rising aeronautic experience and fame had been such that President Abraham Lincoln invited Lowe to type the primary ‘balloon corps’—counting on a telegraph from a scorching air balloon to ship data as to the numbers and place of insurgent forces—to assist the Union military’s Civil Battle efforts.

A prolific inventor, Lowe finally developed a course of for hydrogen enriched gasoline, and likewise held over 200 different patents, together with a man-made ice-making course of.

Oh, and he really was the topic of a Disney flick; Thaddeus Lowe, early progenitor of what would turn out to be the US Air Pressure, inventor and magician, is widely known within the 1972 film, Excessive Flying Spy.

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