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Business card from Alberto Santos Dumont to Paul Tissandier

Business card from Alberto Santos Dumont to Paul Tissandier

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At the beginning of the 1930s, Alberto Santos Dumont went to the southwest of France and communicated his new address to his friend Paul Tissandier.

Business card from Alberto Santos Dumont to Paul Tissandier. In French. 7.6cm x 5.8cm. Biarritz, France, no date information. Excellent condition.

Between 1929 and 1931, Alberto Santos Dumont (1873 - 1932) returned to France for the last time and checked into sanatoriums in southwest France, one of them located in Orthez and the other in Biarritz. After a year, he returned permanently to Brazil, where he died the following year.

It was during this period that Santos Dumont, quite debilitated, met Paul Tissandier (1881 - 1945) who was the son of Frenchman Gaston Tissandier, a famous engine inventor. Trained as a pilot by the American brothers Wilbur and Orville Wright, Paul also piloted dirigible balloons, hydrofoils, cars, machines with which he obtained many speed records. A great friendship was born between the two men.

This business card has signs of use, we can easily imagine Alberto Santos Dumont giving it to his friend Paul Tissandier when he moved to Biarritz, a period where they would meet and work together several times. There are few documents and little information about these last moments of Santos Dumont in France.
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