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Vidalon, cradle of paper inventions

Michel and Raymond Montgolfier – the sons of the Beaujeu papermaker – arrived in Vidalon where the Chelles papermaking family of Auvergne was involved in paper sizing. They fell in love with the master's daughters and, two weeks later, married Françoise and Marguerite, a union which rooted the Montgolfier family in Vivarais.

That year, the Bibliothèque Nationale opened to the public.

The Vidalon paper mill. The wooden dryers above the stone ground-floor. © Musée des Papeteries Canson et Montgolfier

  • The Vidalon paper mill. The wooden dryers above the stone ground-floor. © Musée des Papeteries Canson et Montgolfier