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Business card with text by Alberto Santos Dumont

Business card with text by Alberto Santos Dumont

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Aviator and inventor Alberto Santos Dumont schedules a meeting with a friend in Paris.

Business card “150 avenue des Champs Elysées”, written in pencil by Alberto Santos Dumont. 7.2 cm x 3.6 cm. In Paris, no information about the date (approximately 1903). In excellent condition. Single piece.

Original extract in French

Mon cher ami
Venice arrests me chez
Moi à 2 (heures) moins le quart
Et pas au Bar du Palace

Extract translated into Portuguese

My dear friend
You can come home at a quarter to two
But not at the Palace Bar

Santos Dumont (1873 - 1932) left with his father and family for France on April 6, 1891, at the age of 17. He lived in Paris for two decades, from 1892 to 1914.

He would later write: “As a young man, I made my first ascent in Paris. In Paris I met airship builders, engine builders, mechanics, all as patient as they were experts. In Paris I made all my first experiences…”

In 1901, a dirigible balloon circled the Eiffel Tower for the first time in history and the pilot, Alberto Santos Dumont, would become the first Brazilian celebrity known worldwide.

Documents autographed by Alberto Santos Dumont are rare and highly sought after, especially those in excellent condition. This is the case with this small business card made in his famous residence on the Champs Elysees, in Paris, at the beginning of the 20th century.

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