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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 1870 siege in the balloon "Le Daguerre," which carried this letter and other mail out of the city on November 12. The balloon, carrying 270 kilograms of mail, landed a short distance away, just south of Lagny, in occupied territory. The mail was confiscated and held by the Germans until the end of the war. At that time, this and other pieces made their way into private hands as souvenirs.
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