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5c Buffalo Balloon imperforate vertical pair, 1877. Creator: Unknown Featured Image

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

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The New Fields at Ono in Suruga Province (Sunshu Ono shinden), from the series Thir Featured Image

The New Fields at Ono in Suruga Province (Sunshu Ono shinden), from the series Thir

The New Fields at Ono in Suruga Province (Sunshu Ono shinden), from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (Fugaku sanjurokkei), ca. 1830-32

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City of Buffalo, 1872. Creator: William Wellstood Featured Image

City of Buffalo, 1872. Creator: William Wellstood

City of Buffalo, 1872. View of Buffalo, New York State, USA, showing tree-lined avenues, open spaces, and Lake Erie in the distance. Joseph Ellicott was responsible for the urban planning and layout, and Frederick Law Olmsted designed its extensive system of parks. From "Picturesque America; or, The Land We Live In, A Delineation by Pen and Pencil of the Mountains, Rivers, Lakes...with Illustrations on Steel and Wood by Eminent American Artists" Vol. I, edited by William Cullen Bryant. [D. Appleton and Company, New York, 1872]

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