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Thomas Scott Baldwin
Parachute Jump, 1887


"BALLOON ASCENSION - THOMAS BALDWIN MADE FIRST PARACHUTE JUMP IN 1887"
Marilyn Blaisdell Collection

 

Note:  Various sources give 1885 as the date of Baldwin's initial parachute jump.  That may be the case, however this jump is the only one I have found so far in the newspaper archives (below).  Was there an earlier jump in 1885?

 

     

Images courtesy of SF Public Library

 


The Gazette, Fort Worth, Texas - Feb 5 1887
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The Sun (New York) - Feb 10 1887
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A later account of Baldwin...


San Francisco Chronicle, Sept 8 1918

 

More info:  http://www.sfcityguides.org/public_guidelines.html?article=589&submitted=TRUE

More on Thomas Scott Baldwin:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Scott_Baldwin

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