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Siege of Paris Mail

Folded letter from Paris office at Rue D' Enghien

Description:

This folded letter originated from the Paris office at Rue D’Enghien on November 12, 1870, (fifth collection) and was prepaid 30 centimes for the single weight letter rate to England under the current Franco-British Postal Convention. Based on the date and time of collection plus the arrival datestamp of November 25, 1870, it is likely that this letter was carried out of Paris by the balloon Général Uhrich.

The Général Uhrich carried only 80 kilograms of mail and was the first balloon to take flight during the night. Although the balloon descended into enemy-occupied territory, the passengers and dispatches were eventually conveyed to safety. Portions of the mails were sent to Luzarches and Viarmes for processing.

Date:

Paris/R. D’Enghien (collection) 12 November 1870

London (arrival) 25 November 1870

Date:
November 12, 1870
Markings:
“par Ballon Monté” endorsement 30 centime Napoleon Lauré (Sc 34) tied by Paris Star (Etoile) No. 4 cancel Red “PD” handstamp (Paid to Destination)
Medium:
paper; ink
Dimensions:
Other: 7 x 11.4cm (2 3/4 x 4 1/2in.)
Museum ID:
0.260305.9.72.1
Place:
FRANCE (republic)

Glossary

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  • Folded letter from Paris office at Rue D' Enghien
  • UNFOLDED LETTER
  • ALBUM PAGE
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