A bronze medallion with a red, white and blue ribbon with a support bar attached to a post and loop top resembling a pocket watch. The front is embossed with a birds-eye-view image of Paris with a passenger balloon tethered over the city above the words "Panorama De Paris/ 1878". On the reverse "Souvenir/ De Mon Ascension/ Dans/ Le Grand Ballon Captif/ A Vapeur/ De Mr. Henry Giffard". This was reputedly the largest gas balloon ever built, a feature of the 1878 Paris World Fair, designed by Henry Giffard to take 52 passengers at a time above Paris. Each passenger was given a souvenir medal, this being an example. The medal was designed by C. Trottin with 6 variations produced (all with slight differences).
Gift of Bella C. Landauer
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