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FRENCH BALLOON BICENTENARY STRIP ON WRAPPER TO GUILDFORD 1983

Wrapper from 'L'Echo de la Timbrologie' franked with the strip of 3 commemorating the bicentenary of the first balloon flight, + 1fr 80 pictorial for the 56th Philatelic Congress, Marseille, & 0.005 Liberté by Delacroix & Gandon; from Amiens to Guildford 4 October 1983; a colourful franking

Reference: 378
LUXEMBOURG BALLOON CARD FOR INTERNATIONAL STAMP EXHIBITION 1927

Luxembourg Grande Duchess Charlotte issue 2 x 20c orange on special balloon card for the International Stamp Exhibition, cancelled 'Par Ballon Exp.Phil. Luxembourg 8 Sept 1927', also with departure d/s of Roodt the same day, to Brussels. On the reverse of the card are notes about the first Luxembourg stamps

Reference: 331
AUSTRIA PRO JUVENTUTE ENVELOPE BY BALLOON POST 1951

Austrian Costume issue 70g & 30g on illustrated envelope for Pro Juventute charities, handstamped 'Drucksache' (printed paper rate) & inscribed 'MIT BALLOONPOST', Lech/Voralberg to Dresden 8 December 1951

Reference: 311
THE SIEGE OF PARIS

'The Siege of Paris' by Robert Baldick, Batsford 1964, a fine general historical study of the background to the philatelic history, arranged by the nineteen weeks of the siege, with good illustrations, 248pps; slight faults to dust jacket and spotting on boards, but still a very good reading or reference copy (postage GB 1st £3.50, 2nd £3.00, abroad £9.00)

Reference: 305
THE FALL OF PARIS

'The Fall of Paris, The Siege and the Commune 1870-71', by Alistair Horne, The Reprint Society 1965; an excellent general history of the Siege & the Commune, illustrated, 454pps, a clean copy with dust jacket (postage GB 1st £3.50, 2nd £3.00, abroad £6.00)

Reference: 304
AIRLIFT 1870

'Airlift 1870, The balloon and pigeon post in the Siege of Paris', by John Fisher, Max Parrish 1965: an excellent general handbook on the Siege of Paris balloons and their history, illustrated 166pps; a clean ex library copy with covered dust jacket (postage GB 1st £3.50, 2nd £3.00, abroad £6.00)

Reference: 303
LUXEMBOURG BALLOON CARD FOR INTERNATIONAL STAMP EXHIBITION 1927

Luxembourg Grande Duchess Charlotte issue 2 x 20c orange on special balloon card for the International Stamp Exhibition, cancelled 'Par Ballon Exp.Phil. Luxembourg 8 Sept 1927', also with departure d/s of Roodt the same day, to Antwerp. On the reverse of the card are notes about the first Luxembourg stamps

Reference: 231
AUSTRIA BALLOON POST FLIGHT 1949

Postal Stationery envelope with imprinted 30g landscape issue plus 10g Costume issue, with heading 2 OEST.BALLON-POST-FLUG & "Helft unseren Kriegswaisen" (help our war orphans): special balloon datestamp 1 May 1949 & Salzburg 2 arrival datestamp 4 May 1949. The handstamp on reverse shows the flight details. An attractive thematic Balloon item, in good condition and quite scarce.

Reference: 116
SWITZERLAND PHILATELIC EXHIBITION MINI-SHEET 1938 ON SPECIAL ENVELOPE

National Philatelic Exhibition Aarau 1938, miniature sheet on special envelope with special cachets, including balloon one, with additional 1 franc Air Stamp (SG 327/327a), to Glasgow. Some minor marks to envelope but stamps & cachets fine. Scarce combination.

Reference: 110