Miscellany: First

In Paris, a group of French stamp collectors posted an offer of one million francs ($40,000). for an envelope that held a message to U. S. citizens signed by George Washington and was the sole cargo of an experimental balloon flight on Jan. 9, 1793 from a Philadelphia prison courtyard to Woodbury, N. J. where Balloonist Jean-Pierre Blanchard delivered it to Woodbury's Mayor. The letter, of which the whereabouts are unknown, is called the "first letter ever sent by air mail."


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