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Gravelet, Jean-François Émile [performing names Blondin, Charles Blondin]locked

  • J. Gilliland


Gravelet, Jean-François Émile [performing names Blondin, Charles Blondin] (1824–1897), tightrope walker, was born on 28 February 1824 at Hesdin, near St Omer in France, the son of André Gravelet (c.1789–1832/3), himself a tightrope walker and a soldier in Napoleon's...

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