Balloon, Tissue Paper


Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Inventory Number


Physical Description

  • Blue and white tissue paper balloon. Handwritten in ink on the balloon: "Ballon prepare par l'administration des postes pour le transport des lettres en 1870-71 pour le cas de siege d'une ville fortifieé."
  • Documentation that came with the balloon states that it was used to send messages during the siege of Paris in the Franco Prussian War, 1870-1871. However, the balloon lacks signs of use (scorching, dirt, etc.) and this type of balloon does not achieve the altitudes that would have been necessary for delivering messages out of Paris.

Credit Line

Gift of the Norfolk Charitable Trust


Balloon, Tissue Paper


Approximate: 68.6 × 259.1cm (27 × 102 in.)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum



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