History of Balloons

As a member of the Balloon Council, we feel it is our responsibility to share the story of balloons and their history. Balloons have been enjoyed for well over 200 years and we feel morally and professionally obligated to alleviate some of the misconceptions surrounding balloons.

A Brief History

On September 22, 224 years ago in the hamlet of Newington Butts, a child was born who would revolutionize the world of science.

Inventor of latex balloonMichael Faraday inspired generations of discovery – but his most enduring daily legacy was the invention of the ordinary, extraordinary balloon. He was the self-educated son of a migrant blacksmith – a stunning genius in the field of chemistry, electrify and magnetism. For humility’s sake he would decline Knighthood by the Queen, preferring to forever remain an ordinary “Mr.”

Beginning in the late 1970s, longer-lasting foil balloons made of thin, un-stretchable, less permeable “Metallised film” films started being produced. These balloons have attractive shiny reflective surfaces and are often printed with color pictures and patterns for gifts and parties. The most important attribute of the foil balloons is its lightweight, increasing buoyancy and its ability to keep the helium gas from escaping for several weeks.

The balloon industry is well established – providing employment to thousands around the world with a dedication to bringing a smile to all who interact with the product. Whether consumers want balloons for decorations, sentiment or fun, the versatility of balloons makes for an endearing product for every occasion.


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