Fr. 'Piloted Balloon'. The term is used particularly for letters dispatched by balloon during the Siege of Paris in 1870.
In 1877 Professor Archer King made a balloon trip in his 'Buffalo' gasbag from Nashville, Tennessee, to Galatin, about 26 miles, and carried mail franked with semi-official 'Balloon Postage' stamp valued at five cents and printed in blue. The first recorded G.B. post by balloon was the Daily Graphic attempt 14-25 October 1907. The balloon left the Crystal Palace, London, and was vacated over Sweden. The mail was recovered near Tosse, from where it was posted.
- R. J. Sutton 6th edition revised by K. W. Anthony
The Stamp Collector's EncyclopaediaPublished 1966Posted March 20, 2000
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