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Airmail - Made In Buffalo - 1873

Airmail - Made In Buffalo - 1873

Buffalo NY- 1873    

   Perhaps the most enigmatic of all American stamps, the "Buffalo" balloon stamp is certainly among the premier rarities in aerophilately. This stamp begs the question, “What is an airmail stamp?” Described variously as “experimental,” “semi-official,” “a carrying label,” and even as a vignette or cinderella, the fact remains that it was the first of its kind ever issued. 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).  The Buffalo balloon launched from Nashville, Tennessee, on June 18, 1877, and dropped a number of covers, probably in containing envelopes or drop bags sewn to brightly colored nine-foot streamers. After a Gallatin, Tennessee, landing, there was a second flight the next morning. There were also other, later flights of the "Buffalo", and covers could have been flown on any of those flights.

    Few if any Buffalonians realize not only was the balloon named, honoring this city, "Which has shown so much interest in Aeronautics"(S.A. King), it was actually built right here in Buffalo, probably the first aircraft ever built in this city. I’ve found no earlier record of such an event. More importantly to note, it was built in what we now know as "Canalside" downtown on the corner of Prime and Llyod Streets, in the Aetna Insurance building. There should be a marker commemorating this event.

Move Over Law Reminder

Move Over Law Reminder

A statement from the Niagara County Sheriff Office:

Sheriff James R. Voutour is reminding everyone of the “Move Over” law that took effect January 1, 2011. The law requires motorists to move over or slow down when approaching a parked authorized emergency vehicle with emergency lights flashing. This legislation honors the memory of Trooper Ambrose and Deputy Searles, who lost their lives while serving the public. Trooper Robert Ambrose was burned alive inside his vehicle when his patrol car was rear-ended by a sports utility vehicle traveling over 80 miles per hour. Deputy Glenn Searles died from injuries he suffered when assisting a stranded motorist, a second car struck him, pinning him against his patrol vehicle. Beginning January 1, 2012, the “Mover Over” law was expanded to cover hazard vehicles, such as tow trucks, HELP trucks, highway maintenance trucks and any other vehicle being used in the construction or maintenance of roadways that has an amber light.

Fahey: Thruway Authority Failing Western New York

Assembly candidate says Authority must be held accountable for their job-killing “bait and switch”

BUFFALO, N.Y. – “The New York State Thruway Authority demanded Western New Yorkers pay a toll increase, and then they shortchanged us by $200 million,” said Chris Fahey, Democratic candidate for the vacant 145th N.Y. State Assembly seat. Fahey is calling for the Thruway Authority to live up to their end of the bargain and invest in our roads as they said they would when they asked for the toll hike. 

POTHOLE PATROL: Who's Got the Worst One?

POTHOLE PATROL: Who's Got the Worst One?

If you can safely take a photograph, send us a picture of the most devastating, rim-busting, hubcap-popping, alignment-wrecking pothole in your neighborhood. Let's see if we can find The Worst Pothole in All of WNY.

Be sure to include your name and the location of the pothole.

Cliffhanger on the Thruway

Cliffhanger on the Thruway

WEST SENECA, NY - The accident happened just after 2:30pm on Monday on the ramp from I-90E to I-190N. Initial reports indicate the driver walked away from this one.

More information on the WGRZ.com main website and in tonight's newscasts.

Safe Winter Driving Tips from AAA

Safe Winter Driving Tips from AAA

Severe weather can be both frightening and dangerous for automobile travel. Motorists should know the safety rules for dealing with winter road emergencies.

AAA has some helpful advice for driving in adverse weather.

How to remove snow from your car.

And here are some Winter Driving Dos and Don'ts from NBC's Tom Costello.

Expanded "Move Over" Law in Effect

Expanded "Move Over" Law in Effect

 

By Michael Wooten

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. -- Starting midnight Sunday, New York's new "Move Over" law took effect, requiring drivers to slow down or move over for "hazard" vehicles including tow trucks.

The law already covers emergency vehicles, including police cruisers and fire trucks.

Last month, Kevin Woloszyn of Delevan in Cattaraugus County was driving Interstate 90 back to college outside Syracuse when his truck broke down. The tow truck driver who responded, Todd Young, was killed when a tractor trailer hit him.

"Just life, you can't take it for granted," Kevin said. "You know, you might be here one second, and the next second you're just out doing your job and that's it."

Kevin shared his story with 2 On Your Side in hopes it will cause drivers to be more careful around flashing lights. Kevin hopes the new law with also help.