You know, early recreational fireworks and their associated tools and costumes were SERIOUSLY INSANE.

The woodcuts above come from a 16th-century book that was apparently the first one on recreational fireworks and includes the earliest mention of multi-stage rockets. The one in our archives is a rare second edition.

caption: Johann Schmidlap von Schorndorff’s Künstliche und rechtschaffe Feurwerck zum schimpff, vormals im Truck nie aussgangen, 1590.