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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 General Renault." The pilot of this balloon, Mr. Joignerey, ran into trouble and had to descend only five kilometers away, in German-occupied territory. Nevertheless, the pilot and his assistant managed to smuggle themselves and the mail into French lines.

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