BRUXELLES. Action de Jouissance. pink, black. #1300. No 1112. Formed 1879 in Brussels to manufacture and operate captive balloons at aerostation parks. Signed by the two principal shareholders, Paul Dumortier, a Brussels engineer and machinery-builder, and Gustave Herla, a Brussels stockbroker. At first the captive balloons were used purely for public amusement, but from 1794 onwards they were used for military purposes, for reconnaissance and artillery-spotting. 1862 saw their use in the American Civil War, when balloons with cameras and Morse-code telegraphy were used at the siege of Richmond. The first balloon to rise from Belgian soil was in 1783. Decorative border of flowers. A rare piece.
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