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OBJECT SHOWCASE: Balloon and Zeppelin Mail

Envelope carried out of Paris during the 1870 siege in a balloon
Envelope carried out of Paris during the siege in the balloon "La Ville de Chateaudum," which left Paris the morning of November 6, 1870 and descended that afternoon near Chatres. The balloon carried 455 kilograms of mail and was at first flying low enough to take German fire, after which operator Bosc dumped ballast and ascended out of firing range. People were leaving the famous church at Chatres as the balloon descended. They his the balloon and mail in a farm wagon and forwarded them to Vovres, then Toures.
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