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Siege of Paris Mail

Envelope from Paris office at Rue d' Antin

Description:

This envelope originated from the Paris office at Rue d’Antin on November 29, 1870, (third collection) and was prepaid 30 centimes for the ordinary letter rate to England, “Par Ballon Monté.” Based on the date of collection plus the London arrival datestamp of December 5, 1870, it is likely that this letter was carried out of Paris by the balloon Jules Favre No. 2.

The Jules Favre No. 2 carried 110 kilograms of mail, and the flight was conducted in heavy winds that carried the balloon out to sea. Luckily, it was able to descend onto the island of Belle-Ile-en-Mer. However, the landing was rough, and both aeronauts were injured.

Date:

Paris/R. d’Antin (collection) 29 November 1870

London (arrival) 5 December 1870

Date:
November 29, 1870
Markings:
“Par Ballon Monté” endorsement 30c Napoleon Lauré (Sc 34) tied by Paris Star (Etoile) No. 8 cancel Red framed “PD” handstamp signifying that the letter was Paid to Destination
Medium:
paper; ink
Dimensions:
Other: 7.3 x 11.4cm (2 7/8 x 4 1/2in.)
Museum ID:
0.260305.10.2.1
Place:
FRANCE (republic)

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  • Balloon post
  • Envelope from Paris office at Rue d' Antin
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