FRANCE, 1870, Ballons Monte.
Two items, one with two 20c stamps to Turin Italy (backstamped Oct. 25), with "Paris 5e. 18 Sept. 70/R St. Lazare" postmark, which is after the final departure of mail before the Prussian army encircled the city, making it the earliest possible date of a Ballons Monte cover, although it cannot be determined which specific flight it was on, the other is Gazette des Absents No. 31 with 20c stamp flown on the General Cambronne
, a small part of the tying Paris cancel has been redrawn, Fine
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