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1780

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Seeking whiteness with the Hollander beater

Importations of white paper from Holland offset the kingdom's trade balance. This worried the Languedoc authorities who decided to encourage the papermaking firm most likely to be able to process rags according to the Dutch method. The Montgolfier firm was chosen. Despite the onset of labour strikes, industrialisation is on its way, while the country's financial situation plummets and social inequalities between the three orders widen.

Detail of a Hollander beater, elevation and plan, drawn by René Guilmain © Musée des Papeteries Canson et Montgolfier

  • Detail of a Hollander beater, elevation and plan, drawn by René Guilmain © Musée des Papeteries Canson et Montgolfier