Looking like filmland surplus from Around the World in 80 Days, the balloons shown here were assembled for an international race in Rotterdam. While the distance to be covered (24 miles) was more modest than that of the movie balloon's, the race did have a Hollywood ending. Accepting the winner's trophy for the U.S. was a well-coveralled crew woman, Joan Fontaine, who had wanted to see Holland from the air in tulip time.

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