Region called BS on California papers’ UFO stories in 1890s

An illustration from Robur the Conqueror (The Clipper of the Clouds), a Jules Verne novel from 1886. This shows the climactic scene, in which Robur's airship, the Albatross, outperforms its lighter-than-air rival, the Go-Ahead. Here, the Go-Ahead's crew members are throwing ballast overboard to gain altitude. IMAGE: WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

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