Notes from the Past

Balloon Monté

Fr. 'Piloted Balloon'.  The term is used particularly for letters dispatched by balloon during the Siege of Paris in 1870.

Balloon Post

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 Encyclopaedia
Published 1966
Posted March 20, 2000

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