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Pinback button

Object Number: 
2002.1.3881
Date: 
1928
Medium: 
Celluloid, metal, paper
Dimensions: 
1/8 x 1 1/4 in. diameter
Description: 
A beige pinback button with a central photolithograph of a man in a sleeveless athletic tee shirt encircled by the words "Over Niagara Falls In A Rubber Ball/ Jean Lussier". Lussier, originally from Quebec and living in Niagara Falls, New York, challenged the Falls on U.S. Independence Day in 1928. This machinist's successful trip was in a self designed, 1.8 metre (six foot) rubber ball lined with rubber tubes filled with oxygen. On July 4, 1928, after taking some hard knocks in the upper rapids, it skipped perfectly over the Falls. One hour later, Lussier stepped ashore below the Falls unharmed. Displaying his ball at Niagara Falls for many years, he sold small pieces of the inner tubes for fifty cents a piece.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Bella C. Landauer
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group