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Primary Sources and Picture Books: Crossing Niagra: The Death-Defying Tightrope Adventure of the Great Blondin by Matt Tavares

Album Description

Account of the 1859-1860 crossings of Niagra Falls by tightrope by Charles Blondin. His feats became so well known, they were referenced in political cartoons of the time.

Evening star., July 06, 1859

Detailed News account of the first or second crossing.

Nashville union and American., June 14, 1859

Front page article about Blondin's preparation for his first crossing.

The daily press., May 03, 1859

Front page advertisement two months prior to Blondin's crossing

Blondin carrying Harry Colcord across Niagara Falls. From "Blondin: His Life and Performances."

Blondin with his balancing pole. From "Blondin: His Life and Performances."

A Senatorial Blondin

Reference note

Contributor Names: Coffin, George Yost, 1850-1896, artist
Created / Published: [between 1880 and 1900]
Subject Headings: -  Evarts, William Maxwell,--1818-1901.
-  Aerialists
-  Wheelbarrows
-  Dissenters
-  Silver question
-  Daredevils
-  Coins
-  waterfalls
-  Niagara Falls (N.Y. and Ont.)
-  Speeches
Notes: -  No accession number.
-  This catalog record contains preliminary or unverified data from a project done in BRS software, ca. 1985.
-  mm / 860224.
Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Digital Id: acd 2a07169 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/acd.2a07169

Political "blondins" crossing salt river

Reference note

Contributor Names: Currier & Ives.
Created / Published: New York : Published by Currier & Ives, c1860.
Notes: -  Currier & Ives : a catalogue raisonné / compiled by Gale Research. Detroit, MI : Gale Research, c1983, no. 5228
Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Digital Id: pga 04974 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pga.04974
cph 3a16210 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3a16210

The coming man's presidential career, a la Blondin [Cartoon of Lincoln dressed as the famous tight-rope walker Blondin, crossing Niagara Falls carrying black man on hisshoulders and

Reference note

Created / Published: 1860.
Notes: -  Wood engr. by J.D.
-  Illus. in: Harper's Weekly, v. 4, (1860 August 25), p. 544.
-  Ref. copy in PRES FILE.
-  Title and other information transcribed from caption card.
-  Caption card tracings: Negroes Cartoons 1860; BI; Pres I.; Caricatures and Cartoons, American 1860 August; Daredevils (Cartoon theme) 1860; Shelf.; Cartoons, U.S.; Blondin, Jean Francois Gravelet, Known as, 1824-1897.
Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540
Digital Id: cph 3b26523 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b26523

Blondin. [Tightrope walker dangling from a wire over the Niagara.]

Blondin reading a paper on a rope over rapids

Blondin carrying Harry M. Colcord over the whirlpool rapids

This modern Blondin leaves but one impression

Blondin 1860. [Tightrope artist 'Blondin' crosses over the river.]