VERY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING "BALLON MONTE" COVER TO THE UNITED STATES, FLOWN OUT OF UNDER-SIEGE PARIS DURING THE FRANCO-PRUSSIAN WAR.
After carriage by manned balloon out of Paris, landing in occupied France east of Paris, carriage to a part of free France and routing around the occupation area, this cover sailed from Queenstown on the Inman Line steamer City of London, prepaid at the 70-centimes post-treaty rate via British mails. The letter contents are from a war correspondent reporting on the Oct. 21 battle at Malmaison.
Illustrated and discussed in Chronicle 247 on p. 281
VERY FINE AND FASCINATING COVER TO THE UNITED STATES, DETOURED AROUND PARIS BY SEA DURING THE FRANCO-PRUSSIAN WAR 1871 COMMUNE PERIOD.
In addition to the desirability of the three-color franking and sea detour, transatlantic covers are rarely encountered with the 1870 Bordeaux Issue.
With 1992 von der Weid certificate