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Franz Reichelt jumps off the Eiffel Tower 1912

September 27, 2013

Franz Reichelt wearing the parachute that he designed and invented before ascending the Eiffel Tower.

Reichelt standing on platform high up on the tower preparing to jump he hovers on the brink for some time and then eventually jumps falling straight down to his death.

Police and small crowd around the body of Reichelt as it is carried away, they then measure the depth of the hole made by his fall.

The film has French intertitles.

Cataloguer’s Note: Old record suggests this event happened 4th February 1912.

Via British Pathe

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