FRANCE - SIEGE OF PARIS
FRANCE - SIEGE OF PARIS Fascinating specialist collection dedicated to methods used by the French authorities to get the mail out of the besieged capital. The collection is dedicated to balloon mail "Ballons Montes" essentially the first scheduled airmail service in postal history preceding the first official airmail stamp by nearly half a century. The collection includes complete covers not only form air balloons, but also ''Boules de Moulins", mail type where letter were expected to be launched in hollow zinc balls and then fished out from Seine in Paris, since "air mail" deliveries back into Paris were not deemed possible. While the Moulins delivery system proved to work best on paper, it proved to be a cornucopia for philatelists as zinc capsules would surface on the banks of Seine for nearly a century after, last capsule discovered 1968! This is a fantastic high quality collection that would surely be appreciated by any Francophile philatelist.
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