PARIS SIEGE AIR MAIL
1 side 8vo. on "Lettre-Journal de Paris" headed paper, with a printed summary of events by D. Jouast 2pp. integral envelope "Mr. Frederick Shannon / Messrs. Coutts / 59 Strand / London," lilac 30 centime stamp, Place de la Bourse, "PD", counter stamped London W.C. JA 3 71, small hole with loss at seal
Ballon Monté a French expression meaning "balloon with pilot". It can be found on mail during the siege of Paris (1870-71). For this a higher rate of postage was charged. Balloons were used because there were no other way to leave the city as the Germans had surrounded the town. The first ascent was made on 23rd September, 1870. The Siege lasted until the 28th of January 1871.
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