DCSIMG
National Postal Museum logo
Top Image
Pilot StoriesHistoric PlanesAirmail Creates an IndustryObject ShowcaseHistory TimelineActivity ZoneFlight School
Stamps and Covers
>> US Airmail Stamps
>> US Airmail Stamped Envelopes
>> US Airmail Postcards
>> Contract Airmail Routes (CAMs)
>> Balloon and Zeppelin
Mail
>> Foreign Airmail Routes (FAMs)
>> Envelopes from Early Airmail Flights
>> Highlight Flights of the 20th Century
>> Crash Covers
>> Experimental Flight
Mail
Airmail Miscellany

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.

Postal Museum | Smithsonian | Privacy | Terms of Use | Site MapBottom Navigation
Top of page link to homepage