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Jupiter air mail balloon trip photographs

 Collection — Folder: SP099
Identifier: SP099

Scope and Contents

This collection includes three photographs in Lafayette, Indiana on August 16 or 17, 1859, depicting the air balloon Jupiter in downtown Lafayette waiting to depart on the first official airmail journey.

Dates

  • 1859/08/16-1859/08/17

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Historical note

The first official airmail trip in the country took place on August 17, 1859 in Lafayette, Indiana. The hot-air balloon Jupiter, piloted by professional balloon pilot, John Wise, was meant to depart a day earlier but was deferred due to an accident or mechanical issue. About 20,000 people came to witness the historic event, gathering in downtown Lafayette. Wise planned to fly from Lafayette to New York City, but the trip was cut short when inclement weather forced him to land at Crawfordsville, Indiana. It made history as the first airmail flight in the country which was officially sanctioned by the U.S. Post Office Department.

Sources:

Ganapati, Priya. "Aug. 17, 1859: U.S. Airmail Carried by Balloon." WIRED.com, August 17, 2010. Accessed 25, 2020. https://www.wired.com/2010/08/0817us-airmail-balloon.

Wilson, Ted. "150th Anniversary of the Balloon 'Jupiter' Airmail Flight." Smithsonian National Postal Museum. Accessed August 25, 2020. https://postalmuseum.si.edu/collections/object-spotlight/150th-anniversary-of-the-balloon-jupiter-airmail-flight#:~:text=The%20officially%20sanctioned%20airmail%20flight,Indiana%2C%20to%20New%20York%20City.

Extent

0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials

English

Arrangement

This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.

Accruals

No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2020/08/25 by Brittany Kropf. EAD finding aid created 2020/08/25 by Brittany Kropf.
Title
Jupiter air mail balloon trip photographs
Status
Completed
Description rules
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Script of description
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

Contact:
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