1870-7 Boules de Moulins Mail to Besieged Paris

Two Frame Collection of Steve Walske

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Background: The Franco-Prussian War culminated in the siege of Paris from September 18, 1870 until January 28, 1871. Maintaining postal communications from unoccupied France to besieged Paris was difficult. Balloons could not be steered to land within the Parisian siege lines, and messages by pigeongrams were too limited in size.

Frame 1

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Frame 2

Richard Frajola (July 2014)