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Medium:
Folded letter from Paris office at Rue des Feuillantines
Dimensions:
Height x Width: 2 3/16 x 4 7/16 in. (5.6 x 11.3 cm)
Type:
Covers & Associated Letters
Place:
FRANCE (republic)
Date:
December 11, 1870
Description:
This folded letter originated from the Paris office at Rue des Feuillantines on December 11, 1870, (sixth collection) and was prepaid 20 centimes for the French internal letter rate to Rivone, “Par Ballon Monté.” Based on the date and time of collection, it is likely that this letter was carried out of Paris by the balloon Ville de Paris.
The Ville de Paris carried 63 kilograms of mail, and the prevailing winds carried the balloon into Prussia, where it landed after a five-and-one-half hour flight. The aeronauts were arrested and held as prisoners of war. The Germans held most of the mail until after the Armistice.
Date:
Paris/R. des Feuillantines (collection) 11 December 1870
(no arrival datestamp)
Carrier:
Balloon "La Ville de Paris"  Search this
Topic:
Floyd S. Leach Collection  Search this
Civil War and Reconstruction (1860-1877)  Search this
Covers & Letters  Search this
Object number:
0.260305.10.10.1
See more items in:
National Postal Museum Collection
On View:
Currently on exhibit at the National Postal Museum
Data Source:
National Postal Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/hm8fc576ca8-8284-4547-b873-0e61aea659c2
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npm_0.260305.10.10.1