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30 PER ARDUA AD ASTRA BALLOONMAIL 3056 F 6 € 4.000 SIEGE DE PARIS 1870, letter sent from Paris September 20, 1870 to Clermont Ferrand September 25, 1870 franked with "Empire Laureated" 20 c., the letter was flown with the Ballon "Le Neptune", the first "Ballon Monté" during the siege which departed on 09-23 at 8:00 am from Place Sr. Pierre and landed after 104 km in the park of Cracouville castle at 11:00 am, Robineau Certificate 3056 3057 3057 F 6 € 3.000 SIEGE DE PARIS 1870, letter sent from Paris to Tours October 21, 1870 with manuscript instruction "par Ballon monté" franked with "Empire Laureated" 20 c., the letter was consigned to the Company of Aeronauts, by-passing the post ("plis confié"), red postmark "REPULIQUE-FRANCAISE/1 Aerostiers/Nadar-Dartois-Durouf" and placed on the Ballon Monté "VICTOR HUGO" which departed from Jardin de Tuileries on October 18 at 11:45 am and landed at 5:30 pm near Coeuvres, upon arrival in Tours the stamp was cancelled, Baudot certificate

PER ARDUA AD ASTRA 31 3058 3058 F 6 € 150 SIEGE DE PARIS 1870, printed letter written on November 12 and sent from Paris November 17, 1870 to Yverdon/Switzerland with printed instruction "Ballon monté" franked with "Empire Laureated" 40 centimes; the letter was flown with the Ballon "Le Général Uhrich" which departed from the Gare du Nord on November 18 at 11:45 pm and landed at 8:00 am near Luzarches, this was the first night flight in history; certified Bolaffi 3059 F 6 € 300 SIEGE DE PARIS 1870, letter sent from Paris November 22, 1870 to Bayonne December 11, 1870 with manuscript instruction "Ballon monté" franked with "Empire Laureated" 20 c., the letter was flown with the Ballon "Ville d'Orleans" which departed on 11- 24 at 11:30 pm and travelled 1246 km to Lifjell/Norway, where it landed on 11-25 at 2:25 pm, certified Bolaffi 3059 3060 F 6 € 500 SIEGE DE PARIS 1870/1871, unfranked ("P.P.") Gazette des Absents No. 10 dated November 23, 1870 from Paris R. D'Amsterdam 11-24 addressed to Niort 12-21, the letter was flown with the Ballon "JACQUARD", which departed on 11-28 at 11:00 pm from Gare d'Orleans and crashed on the next day in the Irish Sea, some of the mail sacs were recovered and sent to La Rochelle/France postmarked 12-21 3061 3061 F 6 € 500 SIEGE DE PARIS 1870/1871, undated letter franked with "Empire Laureated" 20 c., from Le Crotoy (Somme) addressed to Paris February 18, 1871, after the end of the siege mail for Paris was collected and brought to the city by means of supply sacs ("sacs de riz"), this mail bears arrival postmarks of Paris, February 12, 17, 18 or 22, 1871, a scarce and very interesting item, Bolaffi certificate