The Spectacular Feats of Blondin

I can barely climb a ladder. When I read about the feats that Blondin managed while tightrope walking across the Niagara gorge, I get queasy.

Blondin crossed the Niagara River approximately 300 times over several years. To keep onlookers entertained, he set up a camera and took a photo midway, laid down, walked with a sack over his head, somersaulted, set up a table and chair, walked shackled, piggybacked his manager, walked a person over in a wheelbarrow, and set up a stove, cooked an omelet and passed it on to the Maid of the Mist in the waters below. And there were other stunts!

Blondin was undeniably world famous. These are some images from a Dutch printer that portrayed some of Blondin's amazing feats. This booklet can be found in the Brock University Archives. Hope you can read Dutch.

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