What happens when there’s not enough space in a picture book for the Sources? They’re moved here, for ready access. So, here ya go, dear readers. A condensed list of the sources I accessed during my research for King of the Tightrope: When the Great Blondin Ruled Niagara, illustrated by Adam Gustavson, and published by Peachtree.
“To cross those roaring waters became the ambition of my life.” Berton, Pierre. Niagara: A History of the Falls, Excelsior Editions (State University of New York), 1992. Pg 124.
“All this was done with the agility of a squirrel and in no apparent fear.” The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, June 28, 1859.
“There be one American Falls and one Canada Falls. When Blondin falls, there be one French Falls.” Daily Gazette, July 7, 1859.
“Arrangements (for his funeral) are actively going on.” Daily Milwaukee News, June 24, 1859.
“He went out on the small rope until he came to the large one.” The New Era, August 7, 1858.
“Gentlemen, anyone what please to cross, I carry him on my back.” New York Tribune, July 1, 1859.
“Leave us a lock of your hair to remember you by.”
“marched on at a lively pace, his toes hardly appearing to touch the rope.” Review, March 9, 2002.
“My frens, I have got safely over. I hope you will remember me.” Buffalo Daily Republic, July 1, 1859.
“You are as great as the Falls themselves!” Toronto Globe, July 4, 1860.
“You can see that I am even great.” Toronto Globe, July 4, 1859.
”The Great Feat has been Successfully Performed.” Daily Gazette, July 1, 1859.
“It is useless: you cannot describe Blondin, any more than you can describe Niagara; both are stupendous and baffling.” National Magazine, 1861.
“In utter amazement we inquire, what will Blondin do next?” The Daily Gazette, July 4, 1859.
SELECT SOURCES (Click on highlighted links to read a few of the primary sources):
“A Chat with Blondin.” New York Tribune, August 12, 1888, page six.
“An Exciting Scene. M. Blondin’s Feat at Niagara Falls.” New York Times, July 4, 1859.
Berton, Pierre. Niagara: A History of the Falls. New York: State University of New York Press, 1992.
Brenac, Jean-Louis. (great-great-grandson of Blondin, France), various email interview communications. 2016, 2017, 2018
Brenac, Jean-Louis. Blondin: The Hero of Niagara, Volume One. Unpublished, undated manuscript. Accessed 2016-2018. Electronic.
“M. Blondin’s Tight-Rope Feat.” New York Daily Tribune, July 1, 1859.
“M. Blondin Crosses the Niagara River on a Tight Rope.” Buffalo Daily Republic, July 1, 1859.
“Mons. Blondin—The Rope Walker—Daring Feat of Walking Down one of the Guys to the Suspension Bridge.” The Buffalo Daily Republic, June 4, 1859.
“Mons. Blondin’s Great Feat.” Buffalo Courier, July 1, 1859.
Strand, Ginger. Inventing Niagara: Beauty, Power, and Lies. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2008.
“The Cable Stretched—Mons. Blondin Astonishes the Spectators with a Daring Feat.” Buffalo Daily Republic. June 24, 1859.
“The Feat at Niagara: Tight Rope Dancer Walking Across Niagara Falls on a Cord.” New York Herald, July 3, 1859, page two.
“The Great Feat at Niagara.” Evening Star (Washington, DC), July 6, 1859.
“The Prince of Wales in Canada and the United States.” London: Bradbury & Evans, 1861 page 264-267. Accessed via Library of Congress. (In 1860, the Prince met Blondin during his Canadian and American tour and witnessed Blondin carrying a man on his back and then walking on stilts over the Niagara River. Read the account.)
“Walking on a Tight Rope Over the Niagara River.” The Gazette (Montreal, CA), July 14, 1859.
“Walking on a Tight Rope Over the Niagara River.” New Era, July 8, 1859.