Balloons

Contest Info

  • Started: 1/9/2008 06:00
  • Ended: 1/11/2008 06:00
  • Level: advanced
  • Entries: 27
  • Jackpot:
  • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
  • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
  • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
Balloons
Contest Directions: January 9 is the International Balloon Day. Balloons were invented thousands of years ago, and used to be made of dried animal bladders. These days balloons abound in a variety of types - from party and greeting card balloons, to balloon aircraft, and even balloon mail.
Photoshop any type of balloons any way you wish. Some examples are: balloons made of inflated celebrities or animals, alternative use of balloons, merging balloons with objects or gadgets, etc.

Contest Info

    • Started: 1/9/2008 06:00
    • Ended: 1/11/2008 06:00
    • Level: advanced
    • Entries: 27
    • Jackpot:
    • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
    • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
    • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
27 pictures
  • Balloon Planets

    Balloon Planets
  • Boy Holding a Frog Balloon

    Boy Holding a Frog Balloon
  • Cow Balloon Over Farm

    Cow Balloon Over Farm
  • Barack Obama and Huckabee with Balloons

    Barack Obama and Huckabee with Balloons
  • Baby in a Balloon Swing

    Baby in a Balloon Swing
  • Boy Riding on a Hot Air Balloon

    Boy Riding on a Hot Air Balloon
  • Birthday Hot Air Balloon

    Birthday Hot Air Balloon
  • Dick Cheney with a Balloon Head

    Dick Cheney with a Balloon Head
  • Balloon Being Engaged by Military Fighters

    Balloon Being Engaged by Military Fighters
  • Balloon Reflection on a Lake

    Balloon Reflection on a Lake
27 image entries
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This contest is fueled by the following news: Balloon is a small sized toy made of latex. Mainly, balloons are used for decorating the premises and during holidays. History: - For the first time, balloons were made from animal's urinary bladder; - Modern day balloons appeared only in 1824. Balloons were invented by English scientist Michael Faraday during his experiments with hydrogen. Balloons exist in various shapes. Majority of balloons have simple oval shape. Looking at modern-day balloons, many people think that this bright & pleasing toy was available only recently. Some, more updated, consider, that balloons appeared somewhere in the middle of last century side-by-side with the onset of technical revolution. But, actually - no! History of balls, filled with air started much earlier. Only, ancestors (forefathers) of balloons looked differently than they look these days. First references about the manufacture of balls, flying in air, are found in Karelian manuscripts. In them, creation of such ball, made from skin of whale and bull, is described! And chronicles of XII century narrate us that practically each family of Karelian village had an air balloon. Moreover, ancient karelians partially sorted out the problems of finding ways with the help of air balloons people could travel distances between settlements using air balloons. But such travel, alas, was dangerous enough: animal skin cases could not withstand the air pressure for longer periods i.e. in other words, these air balloons were explosion hazardous. And, in the end, only legends have remained, which can be either believed or not But not even 7 centuries have passed from the time of semi-mythic epoch, how rubber air balloons were invented by Professor Michael Faraday in London. Scientist studied elastic properties of rubber - and made two "flat cakes" from this material. So that the "Flat Cakes" did not stick together, Faraday worked-up the inner sides of "Flat Cakes" with flour. Only after that, Faraday pasted the un-worked edges, which are still sticky, with fingers. As the end result, he could make a something, looking like a bag, which can be used for experiments with hydrogen. Only after 80 years, scientific bag for hydrogen turned out to be a popular entertainment; rubber balls were widely used in Europe during city holidays. Due to filled gas, the bags could go up in air and this pleased the public, which was not still aware of air flights and other miracles of technology. But these air balloons in someway or the other resembled their legendary predecessors: hydrogen (and hydrogen, as is known, is gas explosive) was used. But, nevertheless, public got used to hydrogen thanks, that special troubles due to air balloons, filled with this gas, were not heard till 1922. In 1922, on one of city holidays of USA, a certain joker, for the sake of fun, blew up decorative air balloon. An officer was a victim of this explosion and consequently, law and order authorities reacted promptly enough. Amusement, which appeared to be enough dangerous was at last stopped by prohibiting the filling of air balloons with hydrogen. Nobody suffered from this decision more safe helium occupied the place of hydrogen in balloons. Balloons, filled with helium gas, went up in air as hydrogen-filled balloons. In 1931, first modern latex air balloon (latex polymer was obtained from rubber latex) was introduced by Neil Tillotson. And since then, shape of air balloons, at last, could change! Earlier, balloons were round - and with arrival of latex, opportunity to create long, narrow air balloons appeared for the first time. This innovation immediately found application: designers who decorate the holidays, started making balloons in the shapes of dogs, giraffes, planes, hats... and Company of Neil Tillotson prospered. She sold millions of balloon sets, intended for creation of funny figures, through mail. Certainly, quality of air balloons, at that time, was not such, as it is now: upon blowing, balloons lost part of their brightness and the balloons were not durable and quickly got burst. Hence, air balloons gradually lost their popularity i.e. they could lift up in air but in 20th century, the balloons seemed to be no more miraculous and attractive Therefore, long before the end of 20th century, air balloons were purchased only for city and children holidays. Production of balloons was not profitable and as a result, many manufacturers of that period diversified their company activities and started manufacture of contraceptives (which were also manufactured from latex). But inventors did not forget about air balloons and worked towards the improvement of air balloons. And at last, the situation has changed! Now, the industry manufactures such balloons, which do not lose color upon blowing - and in addition, balloons became much stronger and durable. Therefore, now air balloons once again became very popular - designers willingly use them to decorate various holidays, concerts and presentations. Weddings, birthdays, city holidays, PR companies, show... - improved and bright air balloons are found at every place. Such is the interesting and ancient history of somewhat simple fun, which is familiar to us from childhood.