|Rue du Casino is now rue du Maréchal de Lattre de Tassigny. Dornon's boulangerie can be seen to the left of this picture, and was a vacant unit when this photo was taken. |
In true street entertainment style, spectators were invited to make generous donations at the end of the show. The concept proved successful but Dornon felt he and his stilts deserved greater exposure. In September of 1889 he therefore travelled to Paris for the Exposition Universelle and, in full-on tchanqué mode, walked up the steps to the second level of the Eiffel Tower. The coup garnered extensive coverage in the press.
|Arcachon's Parc Mauresque, sadly short on stilts the day I was there.|
|The scene on Place de la Concorde, as recorded by L'Illustration (photo source: bassindarcachon.com)|
- Find it: Dornon's bakery was located on what is now Rue du Maréchal de Lattre de Tassigny in Arcachon. Parc Mauresque can be accessed via the public elevator which has already featured on the blog.
- Further reading: www.illustratedpast.com/people/Stilt-Walkers/index.html