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During the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, Paris was encircled by the Prussian army. To re-establish communication with the outside world, the famous engineer and photographer Felix Nadar created the “Company of Military Balloonists”. Together with Germain Rampont, Director General of the Post Office, he set up a camp at the foot of the Butte Montmartre, where the headquarters of airmail was born. His gas balloons equipped with a gondola transported civilian and military mail as well as passengers and carrier pigeons to enable two-way communication. A total of 66 balloons, known as ballons montés, left the capital. Some never reached their destination, while others were captured by the enemy. Today, letters which travelled by balloon are highly sought after by collectors.

  • Design and line-engraving: Pierre ALBUISSON
  • Printing process: 6 colours steel-engraving
  • Size of the stamp: 40 x 31,77 mm horizontal
  • Quantity of issue: 40 000 stamps
  • Sheet of 10 stamps with illuminations
Part Second part
Year 2020
Design and line-engraving Pierre ALBUISSON
Printing process 6 colours steel-engraving
Issue date 4 November 2020
Size of the stamp 40 x 31,77 mm horizontal
Quantity of issue 40 000 stamps
Note Sheet of 10 stamps with illuminations