Skip to main content Smithsonian Institution

Catalog Data

Medium:
paper; ink
Dimensions:
Other: 7.6 x 11.1cm (3 x 4 3/8in.)
Type:
Covers & Associated Letters
Place:
FRANCE (republic)
Date:
December 19, 1870
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
Topic:
Floyd S. Leach Collection  Search this
Civil War and Reconstruction (1860-1877)  Search this
Covers & Letters  Search this
Object number:
0.260305.10.14.1
See more items in:
National Postal Museum Collection
Data Source:
National Postal Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/hm8d45dac68-47c7-4e51-a398-40eeb9378df0
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npm_0.260305.10.14.1