BALLON MONTÉ 1870 - entire letter dated inside ”Sept 30” with red cachet of the AEROSTIER NADAR-D´ARTOIS-DURUOF on reverse. The franking had been lost in transit and the receiver wrote ”timbre decollée”. The letter was first entrusted (pli confíe) to the Aerostier company but as for a 7 day period from the afternoon of September 30 to October 7 no Ballon Monté departures were planned (the ”Non Dénommé Nr 1” only carried post cards), the aérostiers company finally preferred to mail it directly through the Paris post office instead of keeping it for further 7 days. At the post office it received the departure cds ” PARIS ST NAZARE 30 SEPT 70 ”. The letter arrived in Angers on October 15th (Maine et Loire) and was re-directed to St Malo (Ille et Vilaine) on the 17 th of October and finally found its addressee in Angers October 18th. It was probably flown by the Ballon ”le Washington” as noted in manuscript by the receiver. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED BALLON MONTÉ COVER SHOWING THE CACHET OF THE AEROSTIER COMPANY NADAR-D´ARTOIS-DURUOF THAT WAS SENT THROUGH THE NORMAL PARIS POST. A MAJOR 1870 WAR RARITY ! For comparison the Maury catalogue prices covers with the Nadar cachet d´aéronaute flown during the first two weeks of October 1870 at a minimum of 9500€, our unique retracted pli confié should at least have an estimated catalogue value of + 100% = 19000€. CERTIFICATE PASCAL SCHELLER.
1872 THE ONLY KNOWN POSTALLY USED EXAMPLE OF THE PROPAGANDA ”PAR BALLON MONTÉ” POST CARD OF ARTHUR MAURY. Franked with a pair of German Reich 1/4 Groschen ”kleinem Brustschild” (Michel Nr. 1) cancelled ”WOLFENBÜTTEL 15 OCT 1872” and sent to Braunschweig. This formular was issued by Arthur Maury during the ”Siége de Paris” and it is mentioned in his 1907 book ”Histoire des timbres-poste Francais” on page 196 ”l´emploi des cartes a été presque nul”. Our example was used shortly after the war by a french in the newly founded German Reich. The post card shows on all sides propaganda messages in the hope of influencing the german ennemy: ”Peuples insensés, nous égorgerons-nous toujours pour le plaisir et l´orgeuil des rois?”, ”Paris trotzt den Feind ! ganz Frankreich erhebt sich, Tod den Eindringlichen !”, ”Frevel und Eroberung ist Verbrechen; Niederlage bringt Hass und Rachsucht”, ”Une seule guerre est juste et sainte: celle de l´indépendance”. NO OTHER USED EXAMPLE OF THIS PROPAGANDA BALLON MONTÉ POST CARD IS KNOW AND AMAZINGLY IT WAS USED IN THE FORMER ENNEMY COUNTRY. Extremely fine and signed by the expert Pascal Scheller.