Auction Date: 2/09/2014 at 01pm
Scarce document of the famous Tight Rope Walker Blondin – the ‘Hero of Niagara’ Portrait of Blondin with legend “Blondin the Hero of Niagara” Circa early 1860s on an unissued Waybill for recording takings and tickets sold at either The Crystal Palace or at The Royal Portobello Gardens in Dublin. Black & red printing size 10¼” ´ 8”. Jean Francois Gravelet-Blondin (1824-1897) famous tight rope walker and acrobat. Born at St Omar in France, emmegrated to America in 1855. Became famous for walking on a tight rope 160 feet above the Niagara Falls in 1859. In 1861 first appeared in London, at the Crystal Palace, turning somersaults on stilts on a rope stretched across the central transept, 70 feet from the ground. That same year he performed at the Royal Portobello Gardens, on South Circular Road, Portobello, Dublin, on a rope 50 feet above the ground. While he was performing the rope broke, which led to the scaffolding collapsing. He was not injured).  In as new condition.