Thursday, October 16, 2008

Mort de Harris (1824)

image: LoC

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A depiction of the death of Thomas Harris, a balloon pioneer who, according to legend, sacrificed his life for his fiancee when the balloon they were riding in lost altitude fast and threatened to kill both passengers on impact.

The ninth card from an uncut set of ten, labeled "Collection 476, 2ème série", issued by Romanie & Cie. in the late 19th Century, to commemorate events in ballooning history from 1795 to 1846.

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