PARIS. Bon pour 1 Action de F100. black. Subscription certificate for a share in a company founded by Eugène Godard to provide balloon flights during the International Exposition in Nice (1883-84). Godard, who signed this certificate, was a notable French aeronaut, famous for building balloons from 1846 onwards. In 1847, he made his first free ascent, initiating his career as professional aeronaut and aerostat manufacturer. Three years later, he made his first long-distance flight and in 1853, he flew over the Alps. In the following years, he made many famous balloon ascents in North America. During the Franco-Austrian war (1859), his balloon observations contributed to the defeat of the Austrian army. After the war, he invented hot air balloons equipped with a boiler ofhis invention. As such, he inspired Jules Verne... In 1883/4, Godard went to Nice to oversee the construction of the largest captive balloon - hence this certificate. In 1885, he organized and directed France's first ever aviation competition, etc. During his long career, he performed approx. 2500 ascents in 10 countries, setting several world records for altitude, distance and duration of flight. A true aviation pioneer indeed. Only this one piece is known to us.
Date: 30 December 1883
Startprice: € 500