On May 29, 1909, Palisades
opened for their 1909 season and featured “the world's youngest boy aeronaut,” Frank Goodale. He flew his cigar-shaped dirigible from
the amusement park, over the Hudson River, circled around Grant’s Tomb in New York, and returned to the starting point.
Goodale started his aerial career in 1907 at the age of
eighteen. When he first came to Palisades in 1909, he was so well received
by the patrons that by 1911, the owners of the amusement park, Nick and
Joe Schenck, decided to buy Goodale his own balloon and placed him on the Park's
The airship company that owned the rights to Goodale's
performances obtained an injunction prohibiting the
young pilot from flying, claiming breach of contract; Goodale had three
years remaining on his five-year pact. After months of
legal battle, the matter was settled out of court just in time for the
young daredevil to be back in the skies for the July 4 holiday.
On June 2, 1934, a special
postal commemorative cover was issued to pay tribute to these historical first
flights across the Hudson River.
This postal cover
validates Frank Goodale's contributions to lighter-than-air flight.This rare commemorative cover
was generously donated to the Palisades Amusement Park Historical Society
in November 2002 by Doug Finch. Doug is a philatelic expert and has
authored several articles for philatelic magazines.
The PAP Historical Society
would to take this time to thank Doug Finch for his contribution to
preserve the memories of Palisades.