Today in History
October 13, 1860
Aerial Photography: A New Point of View
Photographer James Wallace Black takes the first successful aerial photograph in the United States from a balloon hovering 1,200 feet over Boston, Massachusetts. Two years later, aerial photography becomes critical to the Union war effort when President Abraham Lincoln appoints a civilian Balloon Corps to spy on Confederate troops from the skies over Virginia.
Today's Feature History Article
Stale Mail: The nation's first hot-air balloon postal deliveries barely got off the ground.
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