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Siege of Paris balloon factory. Gare d'Orleans (now the Gare d'Austerlitz) train station, Paris, France. These balloons are for use in the Siege of Paris during the Franco-Prussian War (July 1870-May 1871). Balloons were used to send mail. During the siege, 168 people, 3 million letters, 363 pigeons, and 5 dogs, left Paris on 66 balloons. The factory at the Gare d'Orleans was supervised by French balloonist Eugene Pierre Godard. Artwork from 'Aerostation - Aviation' (1911) by French civil engineer Max de Nansouty (1854-1913), part of the 'Les merveilles de la science' series of 1867-1891 by Louis Figuier.
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