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Collection on the 100th Anniversary of the First Official Airmail, first day cover, related stamps and souvenir booklet

 Collection — Box: Folder 1
Identifier: MSA 292
The collection contains the 100th Anniversary first day cover of the official airmail, Balloon "Jupiter," Lafayette, Indiana, 1859 and a copy of the souvenir booklet issued at that time. It also contains four United States, "Jupiter" postage stamps, commemorating the 100th anniversary in 1959. There are six other air mail stamps featured in the collection.

An addition of two envelopes commemorating the world's first air mail flight and stamped with, "Via, Purdue Airplane - Capt. L. I. Aretz, Pilot from Lafayette to Indianapolis, May 19, 1938," were added on February 1, 2017.

Dates

  • 1859 - 1959

Conditions Governing Access

Collections is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Portions of material in this collection are in the public domain. Other material copyrights held by Purdue University or original creator. Consult with Purdue University Archives and Special Collections prior to reproduction of materials.

Extent

7.00 items (Items are contained in one envelope)

Abstract

The collection consists of the first day cover for the 100th Anniversary of the First Official Airmail, Balloon "Jupiter" which ascended from Lafayette, Indiana, August 16, 1859, along with a certificate of authenticity and a copy of the souvenir booklet. There are four "Jupiter" stamps and six other related airmail stamps in the collection. An addition of 2 envelopes commemorating the world's first air mail flight and stamped with, "Via, Purdue Airplane - Capt. L. I. Aretz, Pilot from Lafayette to Indianapolis, May 19, 1938," were added on February 1, 2017.

Historical Information

The first official United States airmail delivery took place on August 17, 1859. Balloonist John Wise carried one hundred twenty-three letters and twenty-three circulars from Lafayette, Indiana to Crawfordsville, Indiana, a distance of thirty miles, in his balloon Jupiter.

Source of Acquisition

Donated by alumnae, and Flight Archivist Assistant, Mary A. Sego

Accruals and Additions

Two envelopes commemorating the world's first air mail flight, but also stamped with, "Via, Purdue Airplane - Capt. L. I. Aretz, Pilot From Lafayette to Indianapolis, May 19, 1938." 20170201

Existence and Location of Originals

multi-part note content

Related Materials

Lafayette's Early Aviation History:

http://oldsite.lib.purdue.edu/moon/index.php?id=1
Related Publications Postal cover, Twentieth Anniversary of the First Air Mail Flight: http://earchives.lib.purdue.edu/cdm/ref/collection/earhart/id/839

Other Descriptive Information

http://www.ingenweb.org/intippecanoe/airmail.htm

Processing Information

The first day cover was obtained, professionally framed, and for preservation purposes remains in the frame. The letter of authenticity in housed with the first day cover. The "Jupiter" stamps and related airmail stamps have been housed in archival envelopes. The collection is housed in an archival folder and archival box.
Title
Collection on the 100th Anniversary of the First Official Airmail, first day cover, related stamps and souvenir booklet
Status
Under Review
Author
Mary A. Sego
Date
2017-07-03
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Edition statement
First edition.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

Contact:
504 W. State Street
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States
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