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Dirigible Airship Accident: Rare Snapshot of the Last Flight of Aeronaut Charles O. Jones in Waterville, ME, Sept. 1908

In full view of 25,000 spectators on the Maine fair grounds Charles Oliver Jones, the well known aeronaut, of Hammondsport, N. Y., fell a distance of 500 feet to his death. Among the witnesses of the frightful plunge were Mrs. Jones and her child. They were the first to reach the side of the dying man. The aeronaut expired about an hour and a half after the accident.

Jones had been at the fair grounds with his dirigible balloon, the Boomerang, known as a Strobel airship, since the opening day of the fair.

When the aeronaut reached a height of more than 500 feet the spectators saw small tongues of fire issuing from under the gas bag in front of the motor. At this time the balloon had passed out of the fair grounds. Many persons in the great crowd shouted to Jones of his danger, but several minutes elapsed before he noticed the fire. Then he grasped the rip cord and endeavored to reach the earth. The machine descended but a short distance when a sudden burst of flame enveloped the gas bag, the framework immediately separating from it.

Jones fell with the frame of his motor, and when his wife and child and the spectators reached him he was lying dying under the wrecked machinery a quarter of a mile from the grounds. The gas bag was completely destroyed. It is thought that the bag leaked again and that a spark from the motor caused the disaster.

Jones was forty years old.

(The Cranbury Press New Jersey ~ September 11, 1908)

Curls, Mullets, Wigs, and Great Lengths: Here Are 10 Cher's Most Iconic Hair Moments From Between the Mid-1960s and '80s

From mullets to extravagant headpieces, there isn't a 'do the singer-turned-actress hasn't tried.

1. Long Layers With Bangs, 1965

Even at 19, Cher (here with then-husband Sonny Bono) already had a signature look. Although long straight hair with a full bang was really popular in the '60s, she knew how to make it her own.

2. Waist-Length Ponytail, 1972

To offset how much skin she bared in this slinky patterned gown, the singer rocked a massive ponytail — and oversize hoop earrings — in this professional portrait.

3. Big and Curly, 1972

A super-long ponytail wasn't the only over-the-top look Cher chose in 1972. For a concert, she wore her hair teased into really big curls.

4. Feathered Headpiece, 1972

Cher's obsession with giant headpieces started early. Case in point: This huge fuchsia and purple one she wore in a promotional portrait for The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour.

5. Bob With Bangs, 1975

We're not sure if it's a wig or not, but this cropped bob is absolutely adorable. It especially pairs well with the singer's high-neck red sequin dress.

25 Amazing Vintage Photographs That Capture Everyday Life of Inuit People From the Early 20th Century

The Inuit people live in the far northern areas of Alaska, Canada, Siberia, and Greenland. They originally made their home along the Alaskan coast, but migrated to other areas. Everything about the lives of the Inuit is influenced by the cold tundra climate in which they live.

The typical materials for making homes such as wood and mud are hard to find in the frozen tundra of the Arctic. The Inuit learned to make warm homes out of snow and ice for the winter. During the summer they would make homes from animal skin stretched over a frame made from driftwood or whalebones. The Inuit word for home is "igloo".

The Inuit needed thick and warm clothing to survive the cold weather. They used animal skins and furs to stay warm. They made shirts, pants, boots, hats, and big jackets called anoraks from caribou and seal skin. They would line their clothes with furs from animals like polar bears, rabbits, and foxes.

Check out these 25 amazing black and white photographs below that capture everyday life of Inuit people from the early 20th century.

The Eskimo seesaw is much more rugged then the familiar version. (Photo by Corbis via Getty Images)

An Eskimo family wear heavy parkas to keep themselves warm in the cold Alaska climate, circa 1910. (Photo by Michael Maslan/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)

The Klondike Goldrush. Eskimo handmade baskets, Teller, Alaska, with two native Eskimo boys, 1904. (Photo by F. H. Nowell/Bettmann Collection)

An Eskimo family living near the Mackenzie River, Canada. (Photo by Bettmann Collection)

An Eskimo group of men, women, and children dressed in fur coats in Port Clarence, Alaska in 1894. | Location: Port Clarence, Alaska. (Photo by Corbis via Getty Images)


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