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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.
Gift of the Norfolk Charitable Trust
Balloon, Tissue Paper
Approximate: 68.6 × 259.1cm (27 × 102 in.)
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