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OBJECT SHOWCASE: Balloon and Zeppelin Mail

Envelope carried out of Paris by balloon during the 1870 siege

Envelope carried out of Paris during the 1870 siege in the balloon "La Fayette," on October 19, leaving at 9 am and landing 356 kilometers away, near Mezieres, at 11:30 am. On its descent, the balloon was caught in a tree. The pilot and passengers were able to climb down without injury. The mail was taken to the Renwez post office for processing.

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