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First airmail flight commemorative pictorial postmark envelope

 Unprocessed — Box: Communal Accessions 8
Identifier: 20171221

Content Description

Includes an envelope with hand stamp commemorating the world's first airmail flight when Prof. John Wise set off with 123 letters for New York City from Lafayette, Indiana by balloon on August 17th, 1859. Stamp also features a Purdue airplane piloted by Capt. Lawrence I. Aretz from Lafayette to Indianapolis on May 19th, 1938. Letter sent to J. Hange Nagel of 115 Belle Plaine Ave., Park Ridge, IL. on May 19th, 1938 at 10:00 am.

Acquisition Type



Donated by Lowell Joerg to Purdue University Airport; departmental records transfer from Purdue University Airport (via Adam Baxmeyer).

Restrictions Apply



  • 1938


0.10 Cubic Feet