inRiver cansonThe history of Canson® spans nearly half a millennium since the factory was born in 1557 in the small hamlet of Vidalon, now a neighborhood in Annonay Ardeche, and developed through the Montgolfier family. Leading experts in the paper, the Montgolfier also interested in scientific studies and in 1782 built the first hot air balloon, whose envelope is out of their paper mills. In 1798, Alexandrine de Montgolfier brings the dot paper factory of his father, Manufacture Royale recognized since 1784, when she married Barthélémy Barou de la Lombardière de Canson.