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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 "L'Armee de Bretagne," on December 7. It descended 355 kilometers outside of Paris at Bois-Morne, Vienne. The flight was made in heavy snow and as the balloon came down, it hit a tree, and its pilot, Mr. Surel de Montchamps, was thrown out of the basket and killed.
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