Folded letter from Paris office at Rue Serpente
This folded letter originated from the Paris office at Rue Serpente on October 30, 1870, (sixth collection) and was prepaid 20 centimes for the French internal letter rate to Langrune-sur-Mer, “Par Ballon Monté.” Based on the date and time of collection plus the arrival datestamp of November 5, 1870, it is likely that this letter was carried out of Paris by the balloon Fulton.
The Fulton carried 250 kilograms of mail. The flight remained relatively uneventful, punctuated only by the cold weather and a rough landing. The dispatches were forwarded to La Jumelliere, where the letters entered the French mail system.
Paris/R. Serpente (collection) 30 October 1870
Caen a Paris (ambulant) 4 October 1870
Langrune-s-Mer (arrival) 5 November 1870