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Madeleine-Sophie Armand madame Blanchard (1778-1819)

French balloonist and aerial artist. The first woman to work as a balloonist, Sophie was killed on 6 July 1819 during a performance at the Tivoli Gardens in Paris when her balloon caught fire and exploded and she was thrown out of the gondola and broke her neck. Pedestal with a balloon on top and a flame on top of the balloon. Sculptor: Unknown. Postcard photo c. 1900:

. . .  and today:

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