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Louis Pasteur's visiting card, France, 1888-1896

This visiting card was owned and used by Louis Pasteur (1822-1895), a French microbiologist. The card reads: “Louis Pasteur Membre de l’Institut, Ecole Normale, rue d’Ulm. 45.” The card would have been given out when Pasteur was on a formal visit. The “Ecole Normale” is the Ècole Normale Supérieure in France where Pasteur began his education, and where he in-termittently taught before being appointed director of scientific studies in 1856.

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