Pumped Up:

An Explication of Inflatable Objects

A through investigation in to the history of inflatables and how they are used today, in a large variety of vocations, sports, and entertainment.


Just about anything that is inflatable can qualify as a “balloon.”

“Inflatables” can be utilized for a broad variety of purposes. In addition to regular ol’ balloons, there are aeronautical balloons (either hot air or gas, or a combination thereof); there are airships (such as blimps, dirigibles, and zeppelins); there are inflatables that are used by the military and the scientific community; there are inflatable medical devices; there are inflatable recreational devices; there are inflatable safety devices; there are comfort-related inflatable devices; there are inflatable buildings; and there are a host of other miscellaneous inflatable devices. Example of all of these are discussed in this book, and you are likely to find the subject matter fascinating, as did I.


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David Ritchey






5.5 x 8.5




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About the Author

After being educated in economics at Yale University, David Ritchey served five years as an officer in the U.S. Navy, including a year in Vietnam. Back in civilian life, he initially became a businessman as he had been trained but, suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, he dropped out, got a divorce, moved to a remote old stone farmhouse... Read More