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e ECA's Balloon Barrage
if:; A cluster of bright balloons attracts French visitors to the ECA's travel ing Co-operation Caro von, a show dramatizing European recovery. r*Y balloons as well as sober sta tistical reports are being used by the Economic Co-operation Administra tion to spread the idea of free trade and economic integration in Western Europe. The balloons are given away as part of the “Co-operation Caravan,” a traveling Marshall Plan exhibit tour ing France, Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Sweden and West Germany. Attached to each balloon is a post card message of friendship “from one European to another.” The recipient fills in his name and address and re leases the balloon to float with the wind across national borders, a symbol of unrestricted commerce on a unified continent. Whoever finds the balloon is asked to mail the postcard back. Messages released in France have been returned from as far away as Norway. These pictures were made in Paris. Christine Sarazin, a schoolmistress, helps distribute the balloons. The "toils" are the flags of the 17 Marshall Plan countries. ii in—i— mini i— — iwipiiwi 11 n—i in ■ These youngsters, o bit young to understand what is meant by inter national co-operation, are reluctant to release their balloons. Headed perhaps a few blocks, perhaps many miles away, a balloon leaves the hand of a Frenchman. Metro Qroup Photos.