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Envelope from Paris office at Avenue Josephine

Description:

This envelope originated from the Paris office at Avenue Joséphine on December 19, 1870, (sixth collection), and was prepaid 20 centimes for the French internal letter rate to Questembert, “Par Ballon Monté.” Based on the date and time of collection, it is most likely that this letter was carried out of Paris by the balloon Lavoisier.

The Lavoisier carried 175 kilograms of mail, and the nearly eight-hour flight was subject to both high winds and bitterly cold weather. The balloon experienced a rough landing, and the aeronauts suffered minor injuries.

Date:

Paris/Avenue Joséphine (collection) 19 December 1870

Questembert (arrival) ? December 1870

Date:
December 19, 1870
Medium:
paper; ink
Dimensions:
Other: 7.6 x 11.1cm (3 x 4 3/8in.)
Museum ID:
0.260305.10.14.1
Place:
FRANCE (republic)
  • Balloon post
  • Envelope from Paris office at Avenue Josephine
  • ALBUM PAGE
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