Photographic Print of 5c Buffalo Balloon imperforate vertical pair, 1877. Creator: Unknown
5c Buffalo Balloon imperforate vertical pair, 1877. Perhaps the most enigmatic of all American stamps, the Buffalo balloon stamp is certainly among the premier rarities in aerophilately. Since it was privately issued for use with a standard U.S. postal service 3-cent stamp to pay for air handling of a mailed piece, it was (if one includes both private and government issues) the world's first airmail stamp. The stamp is an accurate representation of the enormous 92, 000 cubic foot "Buffalo" balloon of Professor Samuel Archer King (1828-1914), and was designed by John B. Lillard, a clerk in the Wheeler firm and a passenger on the great flight. Interestingly, the engraver of the stamp was John H. Snively, a scientist who provided apparatus for experiments on the flight. The stamps were printed tete-beche format--that is, they are shown right side up and upside down below on one sheet. It is likely that in printing the stamp, one side was printed, and then the sheet was taken out and turned round and fed back in the press to produce a mirror image of the first row
© Heritage Art/Heritage Images
Media ID 23866793
Aerophilately , Ink Blue Typographed , King Samuel Archer , Samuel Archer King
Hot Air Balloon
National Postal Museum
10"x8" (25x20cm) Print
Our Photo Prints are printed on sturdy Archival Quality Paper for vivid reproduction and are perfect for framing
30 Day Money Back Guarantee
Made with high-grade materials
Uncropped Image 12.1 x 25.4cm (est)
Professional quality finish
Product Size 20.3 x 25.4cm (est)
Our watermarking does not appear on finished products
Printed on archival quality paper for unrivalled stable artwork permanence and brilliant colour reproduction with accurate colour rendition and smooth tones. Printed on professional 234gsm Fujifilm Crystal Archive DP II paper. 10x8 for landscape images, 8x10 for portrait images. Size refers to size of paper used.
Product Code dmcs_23866793_676_0
Full Art Print Range
Our standard Photo Prints (ideal for framing) are sent same or next working day, with most other items shipped a few days later.
Our Photo Prints are printed on sturdy Archival Quality Paper for vivid reproduction and are perfect for framing.
Archival quality poster paper, ideal for printing larger pictures
Our contemporary Framed Prints are professionally made and ready to hang on your wall
Greetings Cards suitable for Birthdays, Weddings, Anniversaries, Graduations, Thank You and much more
Jigsaw Puzzles are an ideal gift for any occasion
Professionally made, ready to hang Canvas Prints are a great way to add colour, depth and texture to any space.
Our original range of UK Framed Prints featuring a bevelled edge
Fine Art Print
The next best thing to owning the original artwork, with a soft textured natural surface, our fine art reproduction prints meet the standard of most critical museum curators.
Enjoy your favourite drink from a mug decorated with an image you love. Sentimental and practical, personalised photo mugs make perfect gifts for loved ones, friends or work colleagues
Photo prints supplied in custom cut card mount ready for framing
Our superior Premium Framed Prints are professionally made and ready to hang on your wall
Archive quality photographic print in a durable wipe clean mouse mat with non slip backing. Works with all computer mice.
Individual Glass Coaster. Elegant polished safety toughened glass and heat resistant, matching Place Mats are also available
Our tote bags are made from soft durable fabric and include a strap for easy carrying.
Accessorise your space with decorative, soft cushions
Streamlined, one sided modern and attractive table top print
Tempered Glass Mounts are ideal for wall display, plus the smaller sizes can also be used free-standing via an integral stand.
Glass Place Mats
Set of 4 Glass Place Mats. Elegant polished safety glass and heat resistant. Matching Coasters may also be available