October 21, 1870. Autograph Letter Signed "Ch Pierret," in French, 2p, 4' x 5", front & verso, on integral preprinted "PAR BALLON MONTE" leaf addressed to "Madam Pierret / Lascelle par Aurillac / (Cantal)." Paris, October 21, 1870. Not translated. Narrow mounting strip at the joint of the address leaf and the first page of the letter. Fine condition.20c French postage stamp affixed, postmarked Paris, October 24, 1870, at Aurillac on November 1st and at Lascelle November 2, 1870 - a balloon flight of 13 days from Paris to Aurillac, an extra day to Mme Pierret in Lascelle.About 300 miles directly south of Paris, Lascelle is a commune in the Cantal department in the Auvergne region of south central France. Aurillac is the capital of Cantal.The Siege of Paris lasted from September 19, 1870, to January 28, 1871, and the capture of Paris by Prussian forces, led to the French defeat in the Franco-Prussian War. Following the defeat of Emperor Napoleon III in September 1870, the French Second Empire collapsed, replaced, on February 17, 1871, by the French Third Republic at war with the newly formed German Reich ruled by Kaiser Wilhelm I who was proclaimed German Emperor at Versailles, in conquered France, on January 18, 1871 . Balloons were used to transport mail from Paris during the Siege. Unguided mail balloons were released from Paris to communicate with outside world. As the Prussian forces surrounded the city, telegraph lines were cut and messengers were captured, shot or turned back. BALLON MONTE (manned balloon) flights were used. (Inventory #: 60487)
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