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Jean Lussier goes over Niagara Falls in rubber ball...



Item # 655740

July 5, 1928

THE KNICKERBOCKER PRESS, Albany, July 5, 1928

* Jean Lussier - Canadian-American daredevil
* Over Niagara Falls (Horseshoe) in rubber ball


The top of the front page has a one column heading: "150,000 CHEER MAN IN BALL OVER NIAGARA" with subheads. (see)
Other news, sports and advertisements of the day. Complete in 16 pages, light toning at the margins, some small binding slits along the spine, generally nice.

wikipedia notes: Joseph Albert "Jean" Lussier was a Canadian-American daredevil, best known for going over Niagara Falls on July 4, 1928. Unlike the daredevils who had gone over the Falls previously in wooden barrels, Lussier designed and built a 6 ft rubber ball lined with oxygen tubes, which he rode over Horseshoe Falls. Lussier capitalized on his fame by moving to Niagara Falls and selling pieces of the ball to tourists and later used tires after the pieces of the ball ran out. In the 1950s, when Lussier was in his 60s, he talked about plans of building a bigger ball and going over the American Falls, but these were never realized and he retired in 1958. Lussier died of natural causes at the age of 80.

Category: The 20th Century

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