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AIRSHIP, BLIMP, DIRIGIBLE & ZEPPELIN
POSTCARDS, PHOTOS & POST CARDS

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ZEPPELIN POST CARDS & DIRIGIBLE POSTCARDS
DIRIGIBLES / AIRSHIPS / BLIMPS / DIRIGIBLES / DIRIGEABLES
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"© 1924" showing the USS Shenandoah passing over mountainous terrain, biplane number 4 close alongside; real photo the size of a regular postcard, long upper corner crease just nicks the image & an internal crease of similar size just below in the margin; light album paste toning on the back. $20.00 ba(m) NEW / NEU / NOUVEAU

"© Chicago Aerial Survey Co. / © 1933. R. H. D. Co.  BIRD'S EYE VIEW--EXPOSITION" including a zeppelin aloft near the stadium there; unused official postcard of A Century of Progress (numbered 218 on back), toning near the front edges & along one short back edge, minor corner wear. $6.00 ezs







"© 1925 CLEMENTS / U. S. S. Los Angeles / NAVAL AIR STATION - LAKEHURST, N. J." unused sepia-tone DEFENDER real photo postcard with good edge, very light toning on back. Seldom offered. $20.00 ba(m)n(l)p
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"© CLEMENTS / NAVAL AIR STATION / LAKEHURST, N. J." unused circa-1928 sepia-tone Azo (triangles up & down) real photo post card from photographer R. S. Clements in Lakehurst, back paper starting to brown evenly with age, trial corner rounding. Rare. $25.00 ba(m)n(l)p
NEW / NEU / NOUVEAU

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"106
 EMPIRE STATE BUILDING, NEW YORK CITY / 3A-H91" unused linen postcard in vertical format, fairly fresh except for soft corners. Back printing explains '...Mooring mast at the top is intended for / dirigibles.' $5.00 zn







"108:--Night View of the Goodyear-Zeppelin Air Dock, / Akron, Ohio. / 36402" unused circa-1929 post card published by the Saperstein Greeting Card Company in Cleveland, fairly fresh with good edges. $10.00 bo(a)
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"137--MIDTOWN AND EMPIRE STATE BUILDING, NEW YORK" unused linen-era postcard, made in the USA, fairly fresh with good edges. $4.00 bn(n)
NEW / NEU / NOUVEAU

Zeppelin_img024_small.jpg dirigible post card available from Judnick.com"1742 Lausanne Gd pont et Bel Air / et le 'Hindenburg'" unused real photo postcard from Edition Art. Perrochet & Phototypie S. A., scalloped edges as issued, tape stain at top of back, bottom corner crease, tiny top corner crease. LOST IN STOCK zs

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"202  THE GOODYEAR ZEPPELIN CORP'S FACTORY AND DOCK, AKRON, OHIO / 3A-H1484" linen post card mailed 1938, corner wear & rounding, small corner crease, lightly toned back. $3.50 zo
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Expo1937_24AmusementSection_Zeppelin.jpg (172275 bytes)"24. AMUSEMENT SECTION  GREAT LAKES EXPOSITION, CLEVELAND, OHIO, 1937" including a zeppelin overhead & Leisy's Alpine Village restaurant in the foreground, black & white postcard from Ben Wheatman's News Co., unused, good edges. 5.00 ezo*

Zeppelin_img014_small.jpg zeppelin postcard available from Judnick.com"301:--CLEVELAND AIRPORT, CLEVELAND, OHIO" with a US Navy airship above & a Ford Tri-motor parked at its hangar, white-border era post card mailed there 1932, minor edge wear, a light smudge near the stamp on back. Vertical line in front gives the impression of a multi-view, but in fact it was added neatly by hand. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 zao(c)

Zeppelin_3134ParisLe-200_small.JPG zeppelin postcard available from Judnick.com"3134 -- PARIS.  Le Dirigeable militaire Republique, après avoir évolué sur Paris, retourne à Meudon." black & white carte postale mailed 1913 at Paris (stamp removed), heavily toned back, album marks on back, many speckles of cancel ink on front sky. On 25 September 1909 it crashed, incurring substantial damage, but it was repaired quickly. Meudon is short for Chalais-Meudon, its hangar near Paris. $10.00 zfa(m)d

"526:--Ford Airport, Detroit, Mich. / 27060" showing a navy blimp tethered to a mooring mast; unused white-border era postcard, tiny spot of light toning in the back address area, otherwise quite fresh. $6.00 bam(d) NEW / NEU / NOUVEAU

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"60 THE CLEVELAND MUNICIPAL AIRPORT, CLEVELAND, OHIO / 63582" including a Goodyear blimp overhead, linen postcard, writing on back, corner crease, lightly toned front. $2.75 zoa







"66 / Shenandoah" at its mooring mast, automobiles in the foreground; uncaptioned (so we use all of the writing on back) circa-1924 real photo the size of a regular postcard, small bottom corner crease not into the image. $7.50 b
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  Zeppelin_813--Goodyear_AkronOhio.jpg (186053 bytes) Ohio postcard available from LotsOfCards.com  Zeppelin_img047_small.jpg industrial postcard available from Judnick.com
"813  GOODYEAR TIRE & RUBBER COMPANY PLANT, AKRON, OHIO" with US Navy blimp prominently overhead, linen post card on yellowish paper, mailed 1955 at Akron, tiny corner crease. More accurately, the caption would read ' ... PLANTS 1 & 2, EAST AKRON'. Shown above left. $6.50 o(e)o(a)zi#. Same but a lighter 1934 printing (shown right), unused & fairly fresh except for pencil price erasures on back. Shown above right. $7.00 zo(e)o(a)i
*. Yet another printing, mailed from Diamond Ohio, light cancel, good edges. Shown below left. $7.00 zo(e)o(a)i

"817  THE GOODYEAR-ZEPPELIN CORP'S FACTORY AND DOCK, AKRON, OHIO / 3A-H1484" unused circa-1933 (from printer's code) postcard with deep colors, distributed by the Central News Company of Akron, excellent condition. Similar to another card numbered 202; so please check your albums. $7.50 zoi

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"  8. März 1917" memorializing Count Ferdinand Adolph Heinrich August Graf von Zeppelin, the German general & aircraft manufacturer, who died on that date; black & white Postkarte with airmail sticker & neatly stamped German address on back (no stamps), hinge mark on back . Although not as well known, his earlier career in the 1860's to 1880's included serving as adjutant to the King of Württemberg & envoy of Württemberg to Berlin. $8.00 zgfw

Zeppelin_img040_small.jpg airship post card available from Judnick.com"A CENTURY OF PROGRESS / CHICAGO, 1934 / GOODYEAR LANDING FIELD" including one of the 2 blimps stationed there, unused sepia-tone postcard with Goodyear tire advertising on the back, brownish paper, pencil writing at the 2 lower back corners may erase with care, faint upper corner crease. $7.00 eiza

"ACROSS THE UNITED STATES BY ZEPPELIN / ... / C. E. NICKLES / 213 SEATON PL., N. E.  WASHINGTON, D. C." postal card advertising souvenir covers for the first mail ever officially authorized to be flown across the US by dirigible, mailed AUG 19 1929. Such covers would later be prized & exhibited by philatelists, but we could not find a single example of this advertisement offered or displayed on the Internet. An unusual & interesting addition for an exhibitor. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. bdap-f

Zeppelin_AerialViewOf-200_small.jpg blimp postcards available from Judnick.com"AERIAL VIEW OF SCOTT FIELD, BELLEVILLE, ILL.--1 / showing U. S. Army Airship RN-1" unused white-border era postcard, tiny upper corner crease, otherwise fairly fresh. Today this military airport is known as Scott Air Force Base. Rare: there are similarly captioned postcards that are common, so please check the image that you actually have. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 zmia

"AIRSHIP AT MOORING MAST OF 'PATOKA,' NEWPORT, R. I.  6044-29" unused C. T. American Art Colored postcard, minor wear to one bottom corner, otherwise fairly fresh for its 1929 age. $12.00 br(n)s(m) NEW / NEU / NOUVEAU

"AIRSHIP / E PALESTINE / FAIR" showing it manned, nearby & above a crowd & tent; unused sepia-tone real photo post card with oxidation indicating a circa-1910 age. East Palestine is a village in Columbiana County Ohio. The name of the airship is on the side of the balloon; it may yield to magnification. $25.00 bo(e) NEW / NEU / NOUVEAU


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"AIRSHIP HINDENBURG / AMERICAN AIRLINES inc. / EXCLUSIVE CONNECTING SERVICE" unused baggage tag with full gum, fits neatly into a regular-size postcard sleeve, as nice as you will ever find it. We have seen a few offered, but at much higher prices & with colors not as fresh as ours. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. a(p)b

   
"AIRSHIP OVER GEYSER BASIN. A.Y.P.E.  1249 / OAKES PHOTO CO." with J. C. Mars the aeronaut; post card mailed OCT 2 1909 from the Exposition Station in Seattle, long vertical crease, minor corner wear. Rare. $14.00 bew(s)-e
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"AKRON at SUNNYVALE may 13, 32." AZO (squares in corners) real photo postcard, oxidation consistent with age, a previous owner's handstamp lightly on back, light toning near 2 back edges, trivial corner wear. This image records its return from a cross-country trip. Two days earlier, on 11 May 1932, its mooring attempt at Camp Kearny saw the deaths of 2 hapless seamen who held its lines too long. The newspaper publicity of that unfortunate incident helps to explain the crowd of spectators that you see. Later, on 3 April 1933, it crashed catastrophically at Lakehurst New Jersey, ending its brief service. Truly rare. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. c(s)b

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"AKRON, OHIO / Goodyear Air-Dock. The world's largest building / without interior supports" including a zeppelin both within & nearby, Plastichrome® postcard, unused, trivial wear at the bottom corners. $5.50 zos

Zeppelin_1899Exposition-300_small.JPG airship postal card available from Judnick.com"ALLGEMEINE DEUTSCHE SPORT-AUSSTELLUNG MÜNCHEN 1899" with art (signed WO) showing an airship over the city, Bavarian 5-pfg government postal card in color, clear postal markings on back (both sending & receiving within the city), minor wear at the corners, overall impression--remarkably fresh for its age both sides. Priced well below recent auction realizations. $77.50 zbbea

Zeppelin_img013_small.jpg dirigible postcard available from LotsOfCards.com"AMERICAN AIRSHIP / KNABENSHUE" unused  post card, very light toning probably from album contact, good edges. Augustus Roy Knabenshue was the aviator first to fly over New York City in a dirigible (1905); later he worked for the Wright Brothers. $22.00 zg

"AN ACTUAL PHOTO OF THE HINDENBURG DISASTER / LAKEHURST, N. J., MAY 6th, 1937" unused real photo post card copyrighted by The Garraway Company in Rutherford New Jersey, slight oxidation consistent with its age. Hard to find: what is probably the best photo of the disaster, so whatever supplies of it once existed went speedily into strong hands. You are only likely to see it in an exhibit today; we found but one such exhibit when we searched the Internet recently. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. bn(l)d

"... auf dem Broadway / ... Mannschaft / (Pass)agiere des Luft- / New York einge- / ... it wurden" 3-1/4" x 4-3/8" printed photo souvenir for Germans showing the ticker-tape parade on 1.9.1929 on Broadway New York for the passengers & crew returning from their round-the-world tour of LZ127 Graf Zeppelin, literally millions welcoming them. Explanation penciled on back in German, trivial wear at one bottom corner. The explanation of the inset at the bottom right front is hard to read but we believe it shows Captain Eckener disembarking. $10.00 zn(n)hp

   
"1. Aufstieg des LZ 129 // Original-Luftpostkarte / Gekauf an Bord LS 'Hindenburg' / Lichtbildabteilung Luftschiffbau Zeppelin" purchased & mailed on board for the Europa-Nordamerika flight of June 1924, real photo postcard showing the take-off. Stamps mostly soaked off by a certifiable imbecile, some long vertical stress marks in the front finish from the same misguided effort. Sob! $7.50 b

"526:--Ford Airport, Detroit, Mich. / 27060" showing a navy blimp tethered to a mooring mast; unused white-border era postcard, tiny spot of light toning in the back address area, otherwise quite fresh. $6.00 bam(d) NEW / NEU / NOUVEAU

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"A Zeppelin Bomb Explosion / at Antwerp" in Belgium, postcard from The International News Service, corner & edge wear, 2 corner creases. $9.00 zbw

ZXeppelin_B14ParisLe-200_small.JPG zeppelin post card available from Judnick.com"B 14.  PARIS -- Le Trocadéro / ELD" with zeppelin conspicuous in the sky, postcard mailed there 1909 to Belgium, minor edge wear, light album impressions at the corners, faint stress mark in lower right front corner, a little toning in the upper left sky. $13.00 zf

Zeppelin_B19Paris-200_small.JPG zeppelin post card available from Judnick.com"B 19. PARIS - Panorama pris de l'Opéra / ELD" with zeppelin conspicuous in the sky, postcard mailed there 1909 to Belgium, minor edge wear, faint album impressions at the corners, a little toning in the right address area. $13.00 zf

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"Back View, Control Car" showing the part of the wreck of the zeppelin USS Shenandoah which came to rest near the tenant farmhouse of Andrew Gamary, part of which can be seen in the image; unused sepia-tone real photo the size of a regular postcard, back pencil writing misidentifies location as 'Ada, Ohio'--the rest of the wreck came down in Ava Ohio, not Ada--which will probably erase if it bothers you. Unfortunately, all occupants of the control car perished. $50.00 o(b)g(g)db NEW / NEU / NOUVEAU

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Zeppelin_img021_small.jpg zeppelin postcard available from LotsOfCards.com"Baloon(sic) House, Ft. Omaha, Nebr." showing a crowd near its exterior, unused post card made in Germany, numbered 3592 in the address area, trivial corner & edge wear, faint album marks at the back corners. This structure was built in 1908 for the American Expeditionary Forces of the US Army, and became part of the Balloon School that ran there until 1917. Hard to find! Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 zwm(a)a(m)n.

Alabama_Anniston_Zeppelin_Multiview-100.jpg (314293 bytes)"BARRACK, FIELD HOSPITAL AND OFFICERS QUARTERS, FT. MCCLELLAN, ANNISTON, ALA.--38" unused linen multiview post card with 5 scenes--including a blimp, tank & howitzer; lightly toned back. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (almost 2x original postcard area) 100-dpi scan in .jpg format. $1.50 amz

Zeppelin_img028_small.jpg zeppelin post card available from LotsOfCards.com"BERLIN.  Reichstagsgebäude mit Siegessäule." with an airship in the sky, postcard mailed 17.7.11, small bottom corner crease, speckles of cancel ink in the front sky. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 zg

Zeppelin_img033_small.jpg airship post card available from Judnick.com"BIRDS-EYE VIEW OF GRANT PARK, / Chicago, showing the John G. Shedd / Aquarium. (Right center)" with a zeppelin overhead, unused real photo postcard. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 zi

"BIRD'S EYE VIEW SHOWING WRECK OF SHENANDOAH, SEPT. 3 1925, NEAR AVA, OHIO  BT-106027" unused black & white postcard with sky tint, published by Arthur Richard in Belle Valley Ohio, good edges. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. o(a)db

Zeppelin_BlimpLeavingFor_BrunswickGeorgia.jpg (161758 bytes)"Blimp Leaving for Patrol / at Naval Air Station (LTA), / Glynco, near Brunswick, Ga." from an official US Navy photograph, linen postcard mailed there 1946, good edges. Sold but front still available for scholarly study & research as a full-size & enhanced 72-dpi scan in .jpg format. $1.50 zgm

Zeppelin_BlimpsOfThe-200_small.jpg zeppelin post cards available from Judnick.com"'BLIMPS' OF THE GOODYEAR-ZEPPELIN CORP., AKRON, OHIO.  27" showing 4 airborne simultaneously, unused white-border era post card published by the Akron Stationery Company, trivial corner wear. Back mentions efforts underway to build docks for even larger airships, which should help those seeking to more precisely date the card. Seen elsewhere as high as $14.95, but we offer at only $8.00 zoi

     
"BOUND FOR EUROPE ABOARD 'GRAF ZEPPELIN' / George N. Crouse sends you Greetings / Crouse Wholesale Grocers, Syracuse and Utica" advertising postal card with 5¢ stamp added to make the airmail rate, sent to F. R. Shortt in Syracuse from City Hall Station New York, backside toning from the application of the stamp, paper browning evenly with age otherwise, minor corner wear. Rare: when we searched the Internet there were no other offers, current or past, and no exhibitions by collectors or museums. Sold but both sides still available for scholarly study & research as enlarged 300-dpi scans (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75 each or both for $7.25. zn(s)n(u)fg

Christening of LZ-127 Graf Zeppelin on July 8 1928 by Countess Helene von Brandenstein-Zeppelin & other dignitaries, uncaptioned real photo postcard (you are supposed to know what it is) mailed at Friedrichshafen 24.8.28 with an 8-pfg stamp to Sulzberg Germany, message in German mentions the airship, light but extensive toning on back. The lower front is not scrapped; instead it appears to be some kind of foam that appears in all examples of this Friedrichshafen scene. $18.00 bh

Zeppelin_CloseupOfConstruction.jpg (200409 bytes)"CLOSEUP OF CONSTRUCTION OF U. S. S. AKRON, NAVY AIRSHIP  47" at Akron Ohio, white-border era post card from Akron Stationery Co., unused, trivial corner & edge wear. Front shown. $10.00 zmio. Another example, mailed MAY 25 1933 from the Century of Progress World's Fair in Chicago to Frederick Hambrock Jr. of Toms River New Jersey. Back shown. $10.00 zmio






"Construction -- 'Macon'" three postcard-size real photographs showing the ship in various stages of construction, together with executives of the Goodyear-Zeppelin Company in East Akron, Springfield Township Ohio, with their families & German airship engineers. All labeled the same by hand on the back as we give the caption & all from the same source. The construction time period was May 1931 - 11 March 33. The lowest photo shows her nearly complete and the name Macon can clearly be read on its side. The short-lived & ill-fated ship crashed 12 February 1935. All three for $37.50 zo(s)o(e)

   
"CONSTRUCTION WORK ON U. S. S. AKRON, NAVY AIRSHIP  49" with its duralumin framework exposed, post card mailed AUG 8 1941 to the Carl Gingery family in Bucyrus Ohio, minor corner wear, some cancel ink on a worker's shirt. $5.00 bi

"CONTROL CAR AND RADIO ROOM, U. S. S. SHENANDOAH, LAKEHURST, N. J.  10 / © CLEMENTS" unused circa-1928 postcard from photographer R. S. Clements in Lakehurst, light uneven toning on back, soft corners. $12.00 ba(m)n(l)p NEW / NEU / NOUVEAU


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Zeppelin_img048_small.jpg zeppelin post card available from LotsOfCards.com"... / Das neue deutsche Zeppelin-Luftschiff L. Z. 129 / Das grösste Luftschiff der Welt / ..." with Nazi emblem on the lower tailfin; unused black & white postcard derived from a Hoffmann photo, priced as a reproduction. $2.50 zn

  Zeppelin_img060_small.jpg dirigible post card available from LotsOfCards.com  Zeppelin_DasNeueDeutsche-200_small.JPG zeppelin post card available from Judnick.com
"... / Das neue deutsche Zeppelin-Luftschiff 'Hindenburg' Z. A. 129 / Das grösste Luftschiff der Welt / ..." sepia-tone on brownish paper, unused postcard with good edges, priced as a reproduction. Shown left. $2.50 zn. Same except black & white on yellowish paper. Shown right. $2.50 zn

"Das schaurige Schauspiel des Brandes im Zwielicht des Tages / Originalaufnahme" annotated on back 'LZ Hindenburg Lakehurst in brant 6.5.37' with a violet handstamp that is partially indistinct due to under-inking and a small scrape to the back surface. Rough translations: "The eerie spectacle of the fire in the twilight of day" & 'Hindenburg at Lakehurst on fire June 5 1937". Size 3-1/2"x4-3/8", rough edges as issued, glossy finish, light spotty toning on front, album residue on back obscures nothing. Rare: we found no others offered or exhibited when we searched the Internet. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. zfdn(l)

Zeppelin_img050_small.jpg German post card available from Judnick.com"Der Kaiser begrüsst den Grafen Zeppelin / nach der Landung." showing the Kaiser greeting Count Zeppelin after a landing of his airship; unused sepia-tone real photo Postkarte in excellent condition. Conveys the excitement that airships raised at the time, as few other postcards do. $16.00 zgr

"Der Luftriese verläβt die Halle z. Start / Foto Scherl  Echte Fotografie / Das neue deutsche Zeppelin-Luftschiff L. Z. 129 / Das gröβte Luftschiff der welt." showing the Hindenburg ("The Air Giant Leaves the Hall at the Start" when brand new) unused real photo postcard in excellent condition. Back reads 'Nr. 129/II  Gesetzlich geschützt  Alleinverlag Albert Horn, Gotha' (legally protected exclusive publishing house). The photographer Scherl is best known for his photos of important Nazis; notice how the swastika is prominent in his image. Hard to find the original these days, although it has been reproduced many times! Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. zpn

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"DEUTSCHES MILITARLUFTSCHIFF." with signed Hans Stövhase art showing a German military zeppelin tethered to a roof, unused Tuck Oilette Serie 500 B Postkarte, minor rounding of the corners.
Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 za(m)a(s)t

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"DINING ROOM OF THE GRAF ZEPPELIN / 728-29" circa-1931 unused postcard published by S. Kevitch in Lakehurst New Jersey, excellent condition. We have seen a postally used example dated 1931, which gives us our date estimate. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. zi(m)

Zeppelin_DirigibleFLyingOver-200_small.jpg airship postcard available from Judnick.com"DIRIGIBLE FLYING OVER MIAMI BEACH" unused white-border era post card from Series No. 238, light spotty toning on front. Truly rare. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 zf(m)





"DIRIGIBLE AT MAST, NAVAL AIR STATION, LAKEHURST, N. J.  7 / © CLEMENTS" including the elevator by which she was boarded; circa-1928 unused postcard published by photographer R. S. Clements in Lakehurst, trivial corner wear. In the Michael Wolfson Jr. Collection at Florida International University, but seldom offered. $15.00 ba(m)n(l)p






"DIRIGIBLE MOORED TO MAST ON U. S. S. PATOKA. / © LAKEHURST, N. J." unused circa-1928 post card published by photographer R. S. Clements in Lakehurst, upper corner flaked off but we supply it, other corner wear is minor. $9.00 ba(m)s(m)n(l)ps(m)
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"D~LZ 127, LUFTSCHIFF GRAF ZEPPELIN" unused postcard, Original-Aufnahme von Walter Hahn (Dresden), Fernruf 54444, 'Kopiert auf Weber-Blitz Sorte Oslo' noted on right back edge, minor corner wear. $15.00 b

Zeppelin_img054_small.jpg zeppelin postcard available from Judnick.com"Dresden, Blick auf Zwinger, Kgl. Schloss u. Opernhaus" with an aerial view of the city in Saxony, sepia-tone Luftschiff-Postkarte Im Zeppelin-Luftschiff, Officielle Karte der Delag, Frankfurt a. M., Verlag Gustav Eyb (Nr. 142), with neatly handstamped Ohio address on the back (possibly a former owner), trivial wear at one corner, otherwise fairly fresh. Line drawing of a zeppelin at the upper left of the back. $12.00 zs

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Zeppelin_img011_small.jpg zeppelin postcard available from LotsOfCards.com"Dresden-Kaditz / Luftschiffhalle" with the river steamer 'DRESDEN' passing by in the foreground & an inset with Count Zeppelin's image, post card that was mailed, small almost transparent album remnant stuck to the top of the back, corner wear. $20.00 zs(r)

   
"DR. HUGO ECKENER / GRAF ZEPPELIN" real photo postcard mailed SEP 2 1929 from Philadelphia Pennsylvania to Mrs. Emily Ray in Cameron West Virginia, messaged 'We were just looking this little baby over', slight browning of the back paper due to album contact. Thus, the senders saw them at Lakehurst New Jersey just before it started the first round-the-world flight. One of the most famous people of the day, Dr. Eckener helped finance the airship shown, and then piloted it with legendary caution. Shown left. We have seen some fanciful prices for it, but we think $27.50 is very reasonable. Its predecessor, shown right, mailed 1928 from Lakehurst New Jersey by Charles J. Berberich to Mrs. Grace Berberich in North Bergen New Jersey, toned both sides, small upper corner crease, mild corner wear, as is. Unlike the other one, this one is truly hard to find. $40.00 zf. Take them both for $64.75. zf

"Dr. Hugo Eckener / Landung 'Graf Zeppelin' in Nürnberg" postcard on yellow-green paper depicting its Bavarian visit on 10 Mai 1931 at the new airport there; postcard mailed at Nürnberg with 8-pfg stamp to Frau Pauline Diettrich in Dresden. Dr. Eckener was the zeppelin's very famous (at the time) captain. $8.50 zbf

"DURALUMIN USED IN / THE AIRSHIP "AKRON" / MADE BY / THE GOODYEAR ZEPPELIN / CORPORATION / AKRON, OHIO" watch fob without its strap depicting the airship at its top. The material was used in airships for an extended period of time. Seldom offered. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. zo(a)

"Einbringen des „Graf Zeppelin“." showing the 'Bringing in the Graf Zeppelin' (translated) with a crowd assembled to see it after a flight; unused continental-size Postkarte, mostly complete oval red backstamp of J. Dieterle in Friedrichshafen a. R., traces of the same red color near the nose of the airship due to premature stacking. 'Graph. Abtlg. der Luftschiffbau Zeppelin G. m. b. H.' on back. Back paper yellowing evenly with age, trivial corner rounding. $8.00 zi

"Empire State Building / New York" with detailed printed description on back mentioning the ill-considered 'mooring mast extending 200 feet higher'; copyrighted color post card mailed there in the 1930's, noticeable wear at the top front edge. $3.75 zn

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"Empire State Building, New York / 35453" white-border era post card published by Manhattan Card Publishing Co., unused, minor wear at corners. Text on back comments: 'A dirigible moored to the mast atop the Empire State ... would exert a greater pull than three locomotives.'
Sold but front still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 zn

"EMPIRE STATE BUILDING = NEW YORK CITY" with zeppelin nearby for visual emphasis of its initial ill-considered mooring mast concept, unused white-border era postcard, fairly fresh with good edges. $5.00 zn

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"ENGINE AND PROPELLER OF SHENANDOAH, NEAR AVA, OHIO" unused black & white post card including several curious onlookers & souvenir hunters nearby, light toning on back, front toning mostly in the right & bottom borders. The United States first rigid dirigible, this Navy scouting airship crashed in 1925 while on a promotional mission through the Midwest. The stern section fell near Ava; the rest landed near Sharon Ohio. Fourteen crew perished in the disaster. $17.50 zoa(m)d


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Zeppelin_img059_small.jpg zeppelin postcard available from LotsOfCards.com"Erster Südamerika-Flug des Luftschiffes 'Graf Zeppelin' L. Z. 127 / Primer viaje a América del Sur del dirigible 'Graf Zeppelin' L. Z. 127 / The first South-American flight of the airship 'Graf Zeppelin' L. Z. 127" against a simple world map showing the principle route, unused sepia-tone Postkarte, advertising of an Altoona Pennsylvania stamp shop in the message area, obviously a reproduction. $2.50 zmpp

"FAREWELL / U.S.S. MACON / SANK OFF POIN(sic) SUR, CALIF. -- 5.35 P.M. FEB 13, 1935" obviously trying to exploit the tragedy, because no one knew in advance it was going to crash; unused Defender real photo postcard with minor wear to the corners, otherwise good edges, oxidation consistent with age. Rare. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. bc(p)a(m)m(n)d

Zeppelin_img004_small.jpg airship postcard available from Judnick.com"Fesselballon, unsere Artilleriewirkung beobachtend. / Nach einem Gemälde von Prof. Hans Rudolf Schultze, Berlin // Deutscher Luftflotten-Verein / für Schaffung einer starken deutschen Luftflotte / und Förderung der Luftaherschule! /Jahresbeitrag: einschl. Vereinszeitschrift / 'Die Luftflotte' nach Selbsteinschäßtung / mindestens 3,- Mk. Berlin W 57, Grobenstraße 27." signed Hans Rudolf Schultze art showing an observation balloon directing artillery fire on a World War I battlefield; Postkarte sold for the creation of a strong German air fleet, mailed in Germany in 1915. The signature of the artist is in the upper left front corner of the image; all the caption information is from the back. A couple of tiny cancel ink spots in the lower left front border, good edges. $20.00 za(m)gmwa(s)





"FIRST CENTRAL TRUST BUILDING, AKRON, OHIO / STIVAS STUDIO, AKRON, OHIO" at the corner of Main & Mill Streets; unused linen-finish post card published by H. A. Bingamon in Dayton Ohio, minor corner wear, back paper starting to yellow showing age, a little dark toning at the edge near the stamp box. $5.00 bo(a)m
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"Floats in Line of Wright Bros. Home-Coming Carnival, June 18, 1909, at Dayton, Ohio" including a dirigible float; monochromatic blue-green postcard published by John J. Keyes in Dayton, mailed there JUL 20 1909 to Pasadena California, trivial corner wear. $4.50 pb

   
"FRAMEWORK OF U. S. S. AKRON, NAVY AIRSHIP  50" under construction at the Goodyear-Zeppelin Corporation, postcard mailed AUG 26 1931 at Akron, some erasures & toning in the address area, minor corner wear. Offered elsewhere as high as $15.99 in lesser condition(!), but ours is only $8.00. ba(m)

    "Frankfurt a/M. Flug- und Luftschiffhafen..." showing the Hindenburg with Nazi logos on its rudders in the flight- and airship port; real photo postcard mailed 8.8.37 with an Internationale Leipziger Messe publicity cancel tying a 6-pfg German stamp to Bad Orb Hesse, tiny upper corner bend, slight curl to the paper (no problem in any album), right side of image imperfectly developed. Rare. The airship is identified explicitly in printing on the back. Sold but both sides still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scans (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75 either or $7.25 both. ba(m) bn

    "Friedrichshafen a. B. 'Graf Zeppelin' in voller Fahrt. Im Hintergrund / die Zeppelinwerft vom Flugzeug as gesehen" shown at full speed with the zeppelin docking station below, as seen from an aircraft; Postkarte mailed 1.9.33, small bottom corner crease not into the image. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. zw

"Friedrichshafen a. B. 'Graf Zeppelin' in voller Fahrt vom Flugzeug aus gesehen" shown at full speed as seen from the air; real photo postcard mailed 18 JUL 31 from WEINGART(EN) to Tessin Schwerin with 15-pfg stamp, back cacheted in oval red-violet 'Zur Erinnerung an die / Gesichtigung / das Luftschiffes / Graf Zeppelin' meaning a memory of the sightseeing flight of the Graf Zeppelin. Our Sieger-Verlag catalogue places this between its return from the Vienna Austria flight & before its Polar flight, only listing a Werkstättenfahrt on the 22nd (for which there is no known cover) between them. Thus we have here an unlisted sightseeing flight  probably performed to test out repair work in progress, with engineers on board disembarking there to mail at regular rates, preparing for the polar flight. $180.00 z-z

   
"Friedrichshafen a. B.  Landung des Luftschiffes 'Graf Zeppelin' vom Flugzeug aus gesehen" showing the landing of the zeppelin near a crowd of onlookers, as seen from an aircraft above; unused real photo postcard, 2 clear double-ring handstamps on back reading 'Graf Zeppelin / L. Z. 127 / Friedrichshafen, trivial corner wear. Sold but both sides still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scans (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75 either or $7.25 both. zg

   "Friedrichshafen a. B. 'Graf Zeppelin' (Luftbid)." in an aerial view, real photo Postkarte mailed with a 6-pfg. German stamp franking it to Ludwigsburg, pale red cachet reads 'Zur Erinnerung an den Besuch / Zeppelin Luftschiff Weret' (reminder of the visit / Zeppelin airship value'), published by Eting, upper right front corner with 3 creases, trivial wear at 2 other corners. We have seen the cachet in violet as well. $12.00 bg

"Friedrichshafen a. B. -- Luftschiff L. Z. 127 'Graf Zeppelin' / wird in die Halle eingeschleppt (Neue Halle in Bau)" real photo Postkarte with good focus & interesting composition, neat handstamp in the address area of Munich philatelic dealer & zeppelin specialist 'Otto Edenharter / München 19 / Frundsbergstraße 44 / Munich-Germany', good edges, light toning near two back edges. His customers could subscribe to his zeppelin flight souvenirs which often featured photos that could not otherwise be obtained [such as this one of the new hangar construction, the zeppelin being brought into the old hangar], neatly applied cachets, high-value stamps & directions on how to return them. This postcard was intended for use on a 17.06.30 flight to Switzerland. His few leftover postcards were addressed as noted here for a dual purpose: (1) they became business cards that recipients were not likely to throw away; and (2) they prevented the new owner from mailing them on their own account, thus preserving the scarcity of his subscribers' souvenirs. Rare: when we searched the Internet we could only find one flown example with an auction realization of 300 Euros, and no unflown example whatsoever. $27.50 zg

Zeppelin_Lichtbildabteilung-200frontsmall.jpg blimp photos available from Judnick.com"Friedrichshafen a. B. mit 'Graf Zeppelin' (Luftbild)"  real photo Postkarte from Lichbildabteilung Luftschiffbau Zeppelin (therefore an official photograph), carried aboard that airship 25.7.35 immediately on its return from Paraguay, a test flight (Probefahrt) on which its engineers assessed the needed repairs before another flight to South America a few days later. The sender's docketing of Friedrichshafen, the clear Meersburg Bodensee 25.7.35 cancel tying the stamp & the red-violet IN DER ZEPPELIN LUFTSCHIFFWERFT cachet collectively reveal interesting information not found in the most authoritative catalogue -- Zeppelin_Lichtbildabteilung-200small.jpg zeppelin mail available from LotsOfCovers.comnamely, that the flight stopped at the Meersburg docking station, where the engineer passengers could mail at regular rates, and then return to Friedrichshafen the same day. The catalogues & knowledgeable dealer offerings of the Probefahrt incorrectly assume that there were no stops. The kind of postcard that teaches you something. $180.00 z-z

""Friedrichshafen a. B. Neue Luftschiffhalle mit LZ 127 'Graf Zeppelin'" giving the dimensions of the new hangar on back, unused real photo postcard with good edges & slight curl to the paper. We have seen another example of this echte Photographie mailed in 1928. $12.00 bg

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"Friedrichshafen 'Graf Zeppelin' über seiner Geburtsstätte" showing the airship over its birthplace, unused sepia-tone Postkarte, advertising of an Altoona Pennsylvania stamp shop in the message area, obviously a reproduction. $2.50 zgpp

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"Gand / 1913 // Le Section allemande / Duitsche Afdeeling / Deutsch Abteilung / German Section" unused carte postale, good edges, water stain at upper right back corner does not affect the front, faint rubber band mark in the front sky. $13.00 zbe


"GASOLINE TANK OF SHENANDOAH, NEAR AVA, OHIO  106034" unused circa-1925 postcard with mild corner rounding, back thinned in two places & toned from being stuck in an album. 14 crew perished in the disaster. $14.00 o(a)db

   
German airmail issue of July 1938 complete on two postcard-size sheets, well-struck fancy favor hand cancels commemorating the birthday of Count Zeppelin tie nicely centered stamps, backs are blank. The stamps were issued a few days before the birthdate. $3.75 z-z

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Zeppelin_img017_small.jpg zeppelin post card available from Judnick.com"German Dirigible 'Hansa' Arriving at Potsdam Harbor. / 29 © UNDERWOOD & UNDERWOOD, N.Y." postcard mailed FEB 22 1916, corner & edge wear. Back text continues '... dirigibles used by the German / army in locating the position of the enemy and in / making night raids into the enemy's county.' Sold but front still available for scholarly study & research as a full-size & enhanced 72-dpi scan in .jpg format. $1.50 zwm(g)g

"GOOD LUCK // 'Oh Boy!-- / What Sights / I see Here' / In Miami, / Florida / F264 // COPYRIGHT / E. C. KROPP Co., / MILWAUKEE" with a zeppelin-borne man spying on a bathing beauty, postcard mailed JUN 15 1936 from Lake Worth Florida to Mr. Stuart Burdick in Buffalo New York, typed message, upper corner crease not too conspicuous but long. $2.25 zf(m)b

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"GOODYEAR AERIAL AMBASSADORS / Akron, Ohio" showing 3 zeppelins aloft with a release of balloons, unused chrome post card distributed by Wilbur Evans Company, fresh appearance, exceptionally colorful. Shown. $2.75 zo. Same, but mailed 1979 to publicize a postcard show in Springfield Ohio, small spot of toning both sides, small inconspicuous internal crease. $1.25 zo

"Goodyear Airdock, Akron, Ohio" showing the world's largest structure without interior support, unused Curteich linen postcard distributed by the Central News Company in Akron, back toned from album contact, good edges. Now in the US National Register of Historic Places. In the Bowden Postcard Collection of the Miami University Libraries, it is seldom offered. $9.00 zos

Zeppelin_GoodyearBlimpHolywood-200_small.jpg zeppelin post cards available from Judnick.com"Goodyear 'Blimp'  Hollywood, Cal." showing the Volunteer (NC-8A) being tended to, unused circa-1928 (its first flight was in July that year) sepia-tone DOPS real photo postcard with good focus & composition, minor corner wear. Rare: when we searched the Internet, no one was offering, no one was exhibiting & no recorded sale could be found. SOLD RECENTLY zc

"GOODYEAR 'SPUR' BLIMP--150 ft. long--48 ft. diam.--123,000 cu. ft. non-explosive helium" showing it aloft near spectators with 'DRINK Spur' emblazoned in red on its side, unused post card with a lengthy advertising message for the Canada Dry beverage on back. When we searched the Internet we only found one other, on display at a historical society website; no other offers, or auction records of past offers. $15.00 zca

"GOODYEAR-ZEPPELIN CORP'S. FACTORY AND DOCK, AKRON, OHIO  43" unused Tichnor postcard with interesting details about it printed on the back, tiny spot in the message area, minor corner wear. The name of the company changed in 1939 to become the Goodyear Aircraft Corporation. $3.25 zio

"GOODYEAR-ZEPPELIN CORP'S. FACTORY AND DOCK, INTERIOR VIEW, AKRON, OHIO  46" Tichnor post card with an interesting message penned in address area on back -- 'We were in this Bldg when the zep was in it and saw clouds in the Bldg above the Zep'. The name of the company changed in 1939 to become the Goodyear Aircraft Corporation. $3.25 zio

   
"GOODYEAR ZEPPELIN CORP'S. FACTORY AND DOCK, SHOWING U. S. NAVY'S NEW AIRSHIP, AKRON, OHIO  44" postcard mailed NOV 6 1931 from Akron to Miss Esther Schoch in Seelyville Pennsylvania, quite a bit of information printed at the top of the back message area, minor wear to the bottom corners. $5.00 bo(a)

"GOODYEAR-ZEPPELIN CORP'S. MOBILE MOORING MAST  60" unused Tichnor postcard with a lot of interesting information printed over the back message area--height, weight, power, speed, etc. Lightly toned both sides, soft corners. The name of the company changed in 1939 to become the Goodyear Aircraft Corporation. $3.25 zi

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"Graf Zeppelin /   8. März 1917" memorializing Count Ferdinand Adolph Heinrich August Graf von Zeppelin, the German general & aircraft manufacturer, who died on that date; unused real photo Postkarte in excellent condition. Although not as well known, his earlier career in the 1860's to 1880's included serving as adjutant to the King of Württemberg & envoy of Württemberg to Berlin. $23.00 zgfw

"'Graf Zeppelin' at Los Angeles / Aug 26 -'29" unused DOPS real photo, wavy paper along the left front edge only causes the card to appear slightly not rectangular, but it is all there. Focus & edges are good; contrast a bit low. This is from its round-the-world flight. Its landing at Los Angeles was difficult due to a temperature inversion, necessitating large amounts of hydrogen to be expelled. The lost hydrogen could not be replaced there, so it was unusually heavy taking off, and narrowly missed the power lines at the edge of the field. Rare. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. bc(l)


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"'Graf Zeppelin' landet nach der Südamerikafahrt" showing it landing after its South America flight in Pernambuco Brazil; real photo Postkarte to a Pernambuco addressee franked by 1-reichsmark & 40-pfg stamps crisply tied with an on-board 17.7.35 cancel (Bordpost Sieger 311A), flight cacheted in red & well-struck, black receiving mark in the afternoon of 18 VII 35 well-struck in the message area. The image obviously was printed in haste because it is at a slight tilt & to the right side of the front; but the postcard itself is perfectly rectangular. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. bb-z

   
"'Graf Zeppelin' LZ 127." showing the airship in its Friedrichshafen hangar, a 'RAUCHEN VERBOTEN' (NO SMOKING) sign conspicuously on the side
, man smoking in the foreground presumably at a safe distance; sepia-tone real photo postcard from Luftschiffbau Zeppelin G. m. b. H., mailed 9.19.29 at Friedrichshafen with a 15-pfg stamp to a Cincinnati Ohio recipient (the top 2 address lines scraped neatly away), good edges. Hard to find! $18.00 bs

   
"Graf Zepplin(sic) / Los Angeles, / California // Jay R. Skinner / Newman, / Ill." NOKO real photo postcard with all the writing on back reported here, low contrast image, minor wear at one upper corner, a bit of oxidation with age. Probable one-of-a-kind. $15.00 bc(l)

"GRAF ZEPPELIN" overhead, with the best view of it optimized along the diagonal, to show the placement of all the nacelles & gondola; unused real photo Postkarte, a few trivial surface rubs & the start of oxidation consistent with its circa-1929 age, only back printing is W W at the base of the dividing line, good edges. Rare: when we searched the Internet we could only find one flown example with an auction realization of 300 Euros, and no unflown example whatsoever. $37.50 b







"GRAF ZEPPELIN OVER / LOS ANGELES, CALIF.  ©" unused circa-1929 DOPS real photo postcard, rub within the upper right front margin, some oxidation consistent with age, light spotty toning on back. $12.00 bc(l)
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"Graf Zeppelins Motorluftschiff. / Das starre System ist in diesem Ballon ideal ..." with signed Hans Stovhase art in vertical format, 1910 postcard.
Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 zeb

   
"Graf Zeppelin / Structure of air Ship Looking aft inside hall" regular-postcard size real photo with exemplary focus & contrast; our caption taken from all the writing on the heavily toned back. There is also a numeral 77 handstamped in violet on the back. Slight curl to the paper would not be a problem in any album. $17.50 b

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"'Graf Zeppelin' über der Werft" unused Postkarte derived from a Hoffmann photo, excellent condition. $10.00 z

"GREAT AIRSHIP HANGAR, NAVAL AIR STATION, CAPE MAY, N. J." postcard mailed there AUG 23 1934, two small corner creases, the other corners with minor wear, extraneous writing on back categorizes it. The superb Abandoned & Little-Known Airfields website at www.airfield-freeman.com characterizes this view as 1936, but our cancel supplies a better date. Planned as a rigid airship hangar, it was nonetheless not normally used like that. History in your hands. $7.50 zn(c)aa(m)

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"Gustav Eyb, Kunstverlag, Stuttgart No. 280. Alle Rechte vorbehalten." portrait of
Count Ferdinand Adolph Heinrich August Graf von Zeppelin (unnamed--it was assumed you knew his image at the time) on Postkarte, caption taken from the only printing on the back (which specifies the publisher). $20.00 zfg(e)

Zeppelin_img022_small.jpg zeppelin postcard available from Judnick.com"HANS RUDOLF / SCHULZE" art signed in upper left front corner, Postkarte published by Deutscher Luftflotten-Verein & mailed 1915 at Karlsruhe Baden, a little translucent toning near the back left edge, speckles of cancel ink in the front sky. A fund-raising postcard for the creation of a strong German air fleet, illustrating the usefulness of an observation airship during the bombardment of Warschau (Warsaw Poland). $17.00 za(m)gmpwa

   
"HELIUM CELL IN U. S. S. AKRON, NAVY AIRSHIP  48" post card mailed 1936 at Barberton Ohio, one bottom corner crease, toning near the back right edge. Message: 'We visited this today. You can't imagine how huge it is. We saw the big planed come in. I enjoyed it a lot but stayed on the ground. This is near the Air port.' Both sides shown. Found offered elsewhere in lesser condition for $14.99(!), but we need only $8.00. bia(m).
 NEW / NEU / NOUVEAU Another example, with 4 small scraped areas on back. Not shown but a front scan is available. $7.00 bia(m)

      "HINDENBURG" real photo postcard with matte finish & slight oxidation, mailed OCT 4 1937 from Seaside Heights New Jersey to Miss Helen Stanley in Gary Indiana by Clyde G. Marcy. Exceptionally interesting message penned on back: '...This card is of particular interest as the photo was taken but a few moments before fire and explosion totally destroyed the Hindenburg at Lakehurst N.J. last spring. The original photograph from which this view was reproduced was sent to Germany to be examined under the lens of a powerful microscope. It was hoped that the picture might give some clue as to the origin of the mysterious fire. Although thousands of spectators including photographers witnessed the entire catastrophe, it is still a mystery. The airship passed directly over our home here, 1/2 hour before its fatal attempt to land. Lakehurst is 17 miles inland from Seaside Heights. Sincerely, Clyde g. March, 17 Sumner Ave. Seaside Heights New Jersey.' Two upper corner creases--one tiny, one small. One bottom corner with 2 creases. None of the creases are anywhere near the airship. Sold but both sides still available for scholarly study & research as enlarged 300-dpi scans (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75 each or $7.25 for both. z

   
"Hotel Esplanade" in Hamburg, with a zeppelin hovering over it, many pedestrians stopped to view; postcard mailed 21 8 34 to Haverhill Massachusetts franked by 15-pfg stamp, light 'Werdet / Rundfunkl...nehmer' machine cancel ties stamp, very light toning both sides, interesting message. Very hard to find. $20.00 bg

images/Zeppelin_img020_small.jpg zeppelin post card available from LotsOfCards.com"Hurdle Jumping and  Judges Stand, Brockton, Fair, / Brockton, Mass." including many spectators & the Strobel airship overhead; unused postcard published by the Metropolitan News Company, made in Germany. The aviator is E. J. Parker of Rochester New York, and the time is August 1910. $9.00 zm(b)n(r)g

"Idee u. Erfinder / 4 Erwerbslose reisen durch die Welt / Erbauer" caption showing the idea originator & inventor at the left, and the builder at the right (Erbauer), of an unusual shelter-on-tricycle bearing a model of the DLZ127 Graf Zeppelin atop its roof. Middle part of the caption & signage on shack combine to inform us it is 4 unemployed men who are travelling all over the world--and more specifically, Europe. Postkarte from Nordische Kunstanstalt Ernst Schmidt in Lübeck, pencil-addressed in Germanic script on back but not mailed. A rare postcard. SOLD RECENTLY zbgu

"INTERIOR OF HANGAR, LAKEHURST, N.J." postcard published by De's Inn in Lakehurst, mailed SEP 22 1938 at Clayton New Jersey to Mrs. Lydia Hutten in Colorado Springs Colorado, bottom corner crease not into the image, other corners with minor wear. Postcard from this publisher are rare. $12.00 bn(l)

"INTERIOR OF HANGAR, NAVAL AIR STATION, LAKEHURST, N. J." with its dimensions printed on the back, Collotype Company printing in Elizabeth NJ, published by the Airship Photo Shop in Lakehurst, mailed MAY 12 1933 from Bryn Mawr Pennsylvania to John B. Hale from his Aunt Sue, who reported the Akron was not there the day before. Three corners with small creases, back with extensive even light yellowish toning, light toning in the front borders, thin in stamp area suggests that sender had started with a higher denomination stamp & then thought better of it. When searching the Internet for this postcard we found only one recorded sale, in 2013. Makes you wonder how they jockeyed all those airships into position, doesn't it? $15.00 znia(m)g

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Zeppelin_img037_small.jpg zeppelin post card available from LotsOfCards.com"INTERNATIONALE LUFTSCHIFFAHRT / AUSSTELLUNG / FRANKFURT AM MAIN 1909" unused offizielle Postkarte No. 5 of the Airship International Exposition, lightly toned back, small bottom corner crease, mild wear at the left corners. Seldom offered, shown. $35.00 zeg. Same, but a little more toning on the back, no corner crease, mild wear at 3 corners. $30.00 beg

"IT WONT BE LONG NOW." real photo Azo (squares in corners) post card with all-printing on back from inventor-designer Claude H. Freese in Los Angeles California describing an aeroplane-dirigible for about 500 passengers that could be built for about $3,000,000. California-Europe time estimated at 48 hours. Many more details: 5 wings, 10 motors, gasoline carried in planes, etc. We have seen mentions of various Freese designs in the June 1926 Popular Science Monthly, the 6/29/27 Oakland California Tribune, the December 1927 Popular Science Monthly & the 5/12/30 Galveston Daily News--all with differing variants of this design--but we could not find a single example of any of them on postcard, offered or exhibited. Rare and destined for a museum. $47.50 a(p)gc(l)b

Zeppelin_img008_small.jpg air ship postcard available from Judnick.com"KNABENSHUE AIR SHIP, HARTFORD, CONN., DECORATION DAY, 1907  No. 3 / Published by E. F. Haworth, Hartford, Conn." with a large well-dressed crowd milling around it; black & white postcard mailed there June 14 1907 to Canada, traces of cancel ink on front, minor wear to the corners, light toning near the top front edge. This is an early flight of aeronaut A. Roy Knabenshue, who began his exhibitions in 1906, and was later hired by the Wright Brothers. Later the passenger-carrying airship was renamed the White City. $27.00 bcm

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"L1 in Hamburg-Fuhlsbüttel" showing a zeppelin in Germany, sepia-tone on brownish paper, unused post card with good edges, priced as reproductions. (2 available) $2.50 each. zg

Zeppelin_img018_small.jpg"Landung mit schwerem Schiff" which means 'landing with heavy ship', real photo postcard of the Graf Zeppelin II mailed 1938 at Friedrichshafen Bodensee to Vienna, red violet cachet of the airship on back is 85% complete (rest lost due to stamp removal), remaining stamp is damaged from clumsy removal attempt (by an idiot). This zeppelin was only operational for about 1 year in part of 1938 and part of 1939. $28.00 z

Zeppelin_img045_small.jpg zeppelin postcard available from LotsOfCards.com"La Republique" Tuck Educational Series of Post Cards No. 9 'Aviation', extensive writing over back in English, bottom corners noticeably worn, small lower corner crease. This short lived (1908 - 1909) semi-rigid airship was built for the French Government by Lebaudy Brothers. $18.50 zt

Zeppelin_img003_small.jpg dirigible post card available from Judnick.com"Le Dirigeable du Major Gross (Allemand)" with signed Prof. Hans Rudolf Schultze art depicting a semi-rigid & experimental German military dirigible hovering over a shoreline; unused circa-1907 Postkarte from T. S. N. Serie 994, minor corner rounding at the bottom, more noticeable corner wear at the top. Described on the back: "Deutscher Militärballon von Major Gross. / Halbstarrer Lenkballon, bei welchem die Propeller / an einer unter dem Ballonkörper hängenden Segel - / fläche sitzen. Die Steuerung ist den fransösischen / Militärballons nachgebildet." $60.00 za(m)gm

Zeppelin_Lenkbares-200_small.jpg airship post cards available from Judnick.com"LENKBARES LUFTSCHIFF des GRAFEN ZEPPLIN(sic) bei nacht" unused Tuck Oilette Postkarte (Serie No. 500 B Luftschiffe) with signed Hans Stövhase art, lightly toned back mild corner & edge wear. Title translates 'Guidable airship of the Count Zeppelin at night'. Hard to find! $20.00 za(s)t*


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Zeppelin_LookingAtThe-200_small.JPG zeppelin post card available from Judnick.comLooking at the Air Ship as it passes over Administration Building at State Fair Grounds" unused black & white postcard with undivided back from Columbus [Ohio] Dispatch, 2 corner creases, toned front borders, as is. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 zo

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"Love at its Height" post card with unsigned art showing couple riding below a fanciful dirigible, toned back, corners worn, corner crease, couple short faint internal crease at top. $4.00 az

"LOWER BALCONY, OPENING OFF SALOON. HIS MAJESTY'S AIRSHIP R-100" including light-weight wicker furniture; issued on occasion of its first transatlantic voyage (to St. Hubert airport, near Montreal Québec), establishing a distance record for a westward flight of an airship; unused monochromatic yellow-green carte postale made in Canada, good edges, small almost transparent spot near the top right front edge (on the wall), very light toning within the border at the bottom right front corner, small rubs in the upper left front corner border & lower right front corner border. The R-100 ceased operations shortly after this issuance, because its sister airship R-101 had crashed, so its service life was very brief. Rare. When we searched the Internet we found: only one recorded sale of a black & white version of it (from a souvenir folder); and for the monochromatic version, there no offers, no recorded sales & no exhibitions whatsoever. $20.00 bif

"LUFTSCHIFFER / GRAF ZEPPELIN // H. BRANDSEPH / STUTTGART" Postkarte mailed Oct 16 1908 from Detroit to Mr. Ch. E. Holden in Wichita Kansas, messaged in German (Germanic script), minor corner rounding & edge wear, OCT 18 arrival mark on front. $6.50 bf
 

    "Luftschiff 'Graf Zeppelin'  2771" showing it near the hangar in Friedrichshafen; echte Photographie Postkarte from Konrad Wittwer in Stuttgart, mailed at Stuttgart 18.6.29 with a 15-pfg. stamp to Mr. & Mrs. Charles Scholl in Indianapolis Indiana by Carl Schnepf who wrote in English of seeing the airship in Friedrichshafen, tiny bottom corner bend, slight curl to the paper no problem in an album, extensive toning on the back. A very similar view with the words 'beim Aufstieg' (ascending) exists, so be sure to check your albums. $10.00 bg

"Luftschiff L. Z. 127 'Graf Zeppelin' / nach seiner Landung in Friedrichshafen a. B."  real photo Postkarte with good focus & interesting composition, neat handstamp in the address area of Munich philatelic dealer & zeppelin specialist 'Otto Edenharter / München 19 / Frundsbergstraße 44 / Munich-Germany', good edges, light toning near two back edges. His customers could subscribe to his zeppelin flight souvenirs which often featured interesting photos that could not otherwise be obtained [such as this one showing an effort to turn the airship with droplines just after landing], neatly applied cachets, high-value stamps & directions on how to return them. This postcard was probably intended for use on a circa-1930 flight, when the dealer was prominent. His few leftover postcards were addressed as noted here for a dual purpose: (1) they became business cards that recipients were not likely to throw away; and (2) they prevented the new owner from mailing them on their own account, thus preserving the scarcity of his subscribers' souvenirs. Rare: we could not find any other examples, flown or unflown. $27.50 zg

"Luftschiff L. Z. 127 'Graff Zeppelin' überfliegt Ueberlingen" sepia-tone on brownish paper, unused postcard with good edges, priced as a reproduction. The airship is flying over Lake Constance in the foreground. $2.50 zg. Same except black & white on yellowish paper. $2.50 zg

"Luftschiff 'Graf Zeppelin' (L. Z. 127) wird aus der Halle gezogen." black & white postcard on yellowish paper, unused, good edges, priced as a reproduction. $2.50 z. Same, but tiny corner bend. $2.25 z

Zeppelin_img012_small.jpg zeppelin post card available from Judnick.com"Luftschiff-Halle auf dem Flugplatz Leipzig. / Gegenwärtig grösste Halle in Deutschland. / Die Halle bietet 2 Zeppelin-Luftschiffen Unterkunft." showing a crowd admiring 2 airships (including the 'Sachsen') hangared in Saxony; unused postcard, numbered 4916 on back, good edges. The Sachsen carried almost 10,000 passengers in civilian service. $14.00 zs

Artist_Stovhase_Luftshiff-200_small.jpg dirigible postcards available from Judnick.com"LUFTSCHIFF im SCHNEESTURM" with signed Hans Stövhase art showing a zeppelin flying in a snowstorm, unused Tuck Serie 500B Oilette Postkarte with minor corner & edge wear. Difficult subject matter for any artist. Sold but front side still available for artistic study & reference as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 za(s)tw

"Luftschiff LZ 127 »Graf Zeppelin« / über dem Bodensee" showing the zeppelin over Lake Constance; postcard carried on Sieger Catalogue flight 80ba (23.8.30 - 24.8.30) with crisp markings on back from Friedrichshafen to Königsberg, consignor's address handstamped neatly on front to maximize chances of clear postal markings. $40.00 z-z

     
"LZ 127. 'Graf Zeppelin' Bei der Landung. / Das Luftschiff läβt Wasserballast ab" showing the airship dropping water ballast during a landing, some people running away; real photo postcard mailed August 24 1932 (Friedrichshafen Ulm Bahnpost cancel ties 6-pfg stamp) to Nürnberg. There are two variants of this postcard: one has the front caption in a single line; the other, like ours, has two lines. So please check your albums. $25.00 b-g

"LZ. 127 'Graf Zeppelin' / der Deutschen Zeppelin- / Reederei / Blick auf eine / Motorengondel" with visitors to the shipping company regarding an engine nacelle above them;  mailed Postkarte with the well-struck black logo of the airship port at Rhein-Main at the upper left of the back, very faint reddish cachet at the top back center [probably 'Zur Erinnerung an den Besuch / Zeppelin Luftschiff Wert' (reminder of the visit / Zeppelin airship value' that we have seen on other postcards], 'Vergiss nicht Strasse und Hausnummer an augeben" slogan in black admonishing people not to leave out the house number or street in the address, messaged & addressed in Germanic script, recounting details of a trip from Berlin to Lübbnau (Lübbenau). Hard to find! $50.00 bg

 
"L Z 127 'Graf Zeppelin' in Fahrt" in flight, ascending; Postkarte from M. Weber & Co. in Stuttgart (Nr. 603-12), mailed from Bremen 17.11.28? (cancel doubling up makes year hard to read) by Fritz Kohrs to New York City using a 5-pfg & 10-pfg stamp, minor edge wear. A very similar view with the last 2 words in the caption being "beim Aufstieg" (ascending) & a little more tree-line at the left exists, so check your albums carefully. $14.00 b

   
"L Z 127 'Graf Zeppelin' in Fahrt." in flight, descending; unused circa-1928 Anrico real photo postcard from A. Weber & Co. in Stuttgart (Nr. 60448), good edges. $13.00 b

"L Z 127 'GRAF ZEPPELIN' Kurz vor dem Aufstieg" showing the dirigeable before its depart to America, unused real photo Postkarte from Weber & Co. in Stuttgart (their Nr. 60444), very light toning on back, good edges. We have seen another example in which the view was further explained in an annotation. A scan of the back is available. $12.50 b

Zeppelin_img002_small.jpg zeppelin poscard available from LotsOfCards.com"LZ 127 'GRAF ZEPPELIN' Ueber der Luftschiffhalle" real photo post card mailed 4.6.29 at Friedrichshafen to Ohio, 2 small corner creases not into the image, lower corner crease into the image ground, a little toning in the upper left front corner. $50.00 zg

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"L. Z. 129 erhebt sich zur ersten Fahrt" showing the Hindenburg on its first flight, Nazi emblems on the tailfins; black & white postcard derived from a Hoffmann photo, unused. Priced as a reproduction. $2.50 zn


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"L Z 129 'Hindenburg' und L Z 127 'Graf Zeppelin' / über Frankfurt a. M." each with Nazi emblems on the tailfins; black & white postcard derived from a Hoffmann photo, unused. Priced as a reproduction. $2.50 zgn

Zeppelin_img053_small.jpg zeppelin post card available from LotsOfCards.com"LZ 130 'Graf Zeppelin' / Landung in Leipzig Flugplatz 1939" with Nazi emblems on the tailfins, landing at an airport in Saxony; black & white postcard derived from a Hoffmann photo, unused. Priced as a reproduction. $2.50 zsan

    "Maschinengondel mit eingebautem Motor" showing a zeppelin nacelle incorporating a motor within; unused continental size real photo postcard with 'Aufnahme des Luftschiffbau Zeppelin G.  m. b. H.' (as it looked at the airship factory, printed on back), light album indents 4 places where held, good edges. $13.00 bm

"MACON.' NAMED IN HONOR OF THE CITY OF MACON, GA." with the missing quotation mark in front of its name as reported here, postcard mailed APR 10 1936 from Macon Georgia to Miss Daisy M. Tefft in Bridgewater New York, abrasion of the color in the upper left sky, minor corner wear, very light toning both sides. A rare postcard: we could find no exhibitions, no other present offers & only 1 past offer in a 2009 auction, when we searched the Internet. Wonder why? The missing quotation mark is your probable answer: by the time the printer prepared a correction, the ship had crashed. $27.50 zg(m)

Zeppelin_img016_small.jpg zeppelin post card available from Judnick.com"Major von Parseval / mit seinem lenkbaren Luftschiff in Zürich." with an inset showing the pioneering aviator, unused sepia-tone real photo postcard prominently showing the pioneering dirigible balloon from the side, P/RA in the stamp box, oxidation mostly near the bottom front border, good edges. Flights to Zurich were attempted (& sometimes accomplished) to partially satisfy military specifications. The Major was a retired German officer and his designs competed against those of Major Von Gross & Count Zeppelin. This airship wrecked and fell into Lake Plau in April 1910. Does the silhouette of this airship remind you of any movie you have seen? $75.00 za(m)ssn

Zeppelin_MunicipalPerSt-200_small.jpg airship postcard available from LotsOfPhotos.com"Municipal Pier, St. Petersburg, Fla." with a Goodyear blimp close-by the many fishermen & parked autos, real photo post card mailed there 1936, upper corner bends not into the image, light toning on back. No surprise--all the fisherman are paying attention to their lines, not to the zeppelin! Hard to find! $15.00 zff

    "Nachtflug des Luftschiffes 'Graf Zeppelin' / über Hotel Chemnitzer Hof, Chemnitz" in Saxony Germany; real photo postcard mailed at Chemnitz 25.8.31 with an 8-pfg stamp to Stuttgart, messaged the same day in German using Germanic script, oxidation consistent with age, good edges. Rare: we found no other examples of this striking image offered or exhibited when we searched the Internet. $20.00 bs

"NEW FLYING LEVIATHAN" showing the LZ-129, which at the time was the world's newest & largest zeppelin; unused postcard published by The Collotype Company Inc. Information printed on back is credited by the publisher to Deutsch Zeppelin Reederei / DZR (its airline), back paper browning with age. We have seen a couple of offers of this card actually flown, but for some reason unused examples are very hard to find. $16.00 bc

"NORGE / N1" uncaptioned (so we use the Italian semi-rigid airship's markings) from H H T Co, light speckles of toning on back, heavily toned front. This semi-rigid airship was took the first verified trip of any kind to the North Pole in May 1926, and was also the first to overfly the polar ice cap between Europe & America. Seldom seen; for example Google images did not show this view when we visited. As is. $17.50 ab

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"Marine Luftschiff L. 3" sepia-tone post card on brownish paper, unused post card with good edges, priced as a reproduction. (2 available) $2.50 each. z

  Zeppelin_img005_small.jpg Tuck post card available from LotsOfCards.com 
"MOTOR DRIVEN WAR AIRSHIP" showing the invention of Major von Perseval; Tuck Oilette post card 9495 inspired by a real photograph, mailed 1911 from Berlin to Arkansas, bottom corners creased, minor corner & edge wear. Described in interesting detail on the back. Shown left. $15.00 ba(m)t Another printing, with more muted colors, shown right, unused, light toning on back. Seen 1911-1914 with a red or gilt overprint 'CHRISTMAS GREETINGS'. $15.00 ba(m)t
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"MUNICIPAL AIRPORT, AKRON, OHIO.  2b" before its completion, showing the co-location of the Goodyear-Zeppelin Corporations Airship factory & dock & hangars; unused Tichnor post card published by the Akron stationery Company in Cuyahoga Falls, a few small spots of light toning obscure nothing on the interesting back. $6.00 zao

Zeppelin_img010_small.jpg zeppelin post card available from Judnick.com"MUSÉE DE L'ARMÉE -- HOTEL DES INVALIDES / 1. Nacelle arrière du Zeppelin L-49, attérri à Bourbonne-les-Bains le 20 Octobre 1917" showing the remains of a German zeppelin which crashed in France during World War I & was put on exhibit. Unused carte postale with green back, tiny speckles of toning both sides (only prominent in the front caption area), good edges. $35.00 zwa(m)f(b)m

    "Nachtflug des Luftschiffes 'Graf Zeppelin' / über Hotel Chemnitzer Hof, Chemnitz" in Saxony Germany; real photo postcard mailed at Chemnitz 25.8.31 with an 8-pfg stamp to Stuttgart, messaged the same day in German using Germanic script, oxidation consistent with age, good edges. Rare: we found no other examples of this striking image offered or exhibited when we searched the Internet. $28.00 bs

"NEW JERSEY THE NATION'S PLAYGROUND / NAVAL HANGAR at Lakehurst, which has housed / all the big dirigibles ..." postcard mailed JUL 2 1940 from New York City to Mrs. Gorman in Torrington Connecticut, rough edges as issued, small tear mostly within the upper border, bottom corner crease, very light toning both sides. The card is numbered 9507 printed lightly in the lower left front corner. $4.50 zn(l)

"No. 129  GIANT U.S.S. AKRON over upper Gotham on her first visit to New York. The / George Washington Bridge connecting New York and New Jersey is shown to the / left, ..." unused & copyrighted real photo postcard from William Frange in Brooklyn, internal crease & small spot of toning near the right top edge, light toning on back. SOLD n(n)b

Zeppelin_img001_small.jpg zeppelin postcard available from LotsOfCards.com"Nouveau dirigeable / Pour l Année / 1905" fanciful & risqué art (signed Deb) showing a woman clad in naught but hosiery and shoes, piloting the carrot-shaped zeppelin (numbered 69) that she straddles while flying over the Eifel Tower! Unused carte postale, browning paper with a bit of light spotty toning both sides, tiny bottom corner crease, short faint internal crease well to the left of the image. The most unusual New Year postcard we have ever seen in anyone's stock. $180.00 zf(p)nnh

"Nr. 344." & "Graf Zeppelin" unused real photo postcards of the Graf Zeppelin ( name visible on hull) tethered at Mines Field in the Los Angeles area on 26 August 1929, on its worldwide tour sponsored by publisher William Randolph Hearst. Note the movie camera on the nearby truck & sailors nearby. [The Navy men had grabbed the anchor lines when the airship first  approached.] Dignitaries who were permitted to board included Hearst himself [his limousine in the privileged position nearest the airship, see card at the right] & Douglas Fairbanks [who was leaning on his 1929 Packard in prominent in the foreground of the postcard at the right]. After the dignitaries boarded & toured the hotel-like accommodations up front, the sailors who had helped out got to go into the back of the gondola, where the staff worked & slept in more cramped quarters. The Cyko real photo postcard showing sailors aboard is toned front & back from album contact, especially at the corners; it is rare. As for the other 2 postcards at the top, we have only seen each of them once, with neither being on offer. $300.00 bac(l)c(m)

"PARTIALLY OPEN DOORS, GOODYEAR-ZEPPELIN CORP'S. FACTORY AND DOCK  52" showing the Goodyear racing balloon at the left,  part of the USS Akron framework & a small non-rigid Goodyear airship to the right; unused post card, small spot & thin in the message area, edge wear. $3.25 zi

"PASSENGER CABIN, U. S. S. LOS ANGELES, NAVAL AIR STATION, LAKEHURST, N. J.  8" showing one of its five 4-passenger sleeping compartments, unused circa-1925 post card published by R. S. Clements (photographer in Lakehurst), toned back includes some red ink from the printing process itself, soft corners. The Treaty of Versailles specified that Luftschiffbau Zeppelin was not permitted to build military airships, hence its passenger duties. $20.00 n(l)pi(m)b

"PC15 / USS MACON" showing its hull under construction, about one-third complete, unused Azo (squares in corners) real photo in excellent condition published by Milton D. Walters in East Akron Ohio. Rare: seldom seen, seldom offered, and seldom exhibited. Belongs in a museum. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. o(e)za(m)m(n)

"PC24 / USS MACON" showing executives near one of its 8 engines, unused Azo (squares in corners) real photo in excellent condition published by Milton D. Walters in East Akron Ohio. Back printing over most of message area lists facts about the airship: gas content, length, maximum diameter, gross lift, useful lift, engines, total horse power, speed, cruising range at 50 mph & capabilities to carry & operate airplane. They do not get more interesting. Rare: we did find a few offerings from his series, but this one is the only example of this image we found, past or present. Belongs in a museum. $42.50 za(m)m(n)o(e)

"PC4 - / USS AKRON" showing its hull nearing completion in early 1931, unused Azo (squares in corners) real photo postcard with excellent contrast & focus, published by Milton D. Walters in East Akron Ohio, very light toning on back. Back printing over most of message area lists facts about the airship: gas content, length, maximum diameter, gross lift, useful lift, engines, total horse power, speed, cruising range at 50 mph & capabilities to carry / operate airplanes. They do not get more interesting. Rare: we found only one recorded sale in a small group of such cards, but no individual offers at any time. $47.50 za(m)m(n)

"PC6 / USS MACON" showing its hull under construction, about one-third complete, close-up for interior details; unused Azo (squares in corners) real photo in excellent condition published by Milton D. Walters in East Akron Ohio. Rare: we found only one recorded sale in a small group of such cards, but no individual offers at any time. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. o(e)za(m)m(n)

"PC7-USS AKRON" near its mooring mast, unused Azo (squares in corners) real photo postcard published by Milton D. Walters in East Akron Ohio, spotty toning on back. Back printing over most of message area lists facts about the airship: gas content, length, maximum diameter, gross lift, useful lift, engines, total horse power, speed, cruising range at 50 mph & capabilities to carry & operate airplane. They do not get more interesting. Rare: we found no individual offers or exhibitions when we searched the Internet. $50.00 za(m)m(n)

"Point Pleasant Beach, N. J." showing a US Navy airship aloft, working for the submarine killer-hunter squadrons; unused chrome postcard with a faint bend at one upper corner, otherwise fresh. We have seen it offered as high as $12.95; but our price is only $5.00. zn


POOLE PIANO COMPANY
Gathered in one spot for your convenience.
The earliest suggestions we have seen
that zeppelins could be used for advertising.

Zeppelin_img039_small.jpg music postcard available from Judnick.com"POOLE PIANO CO., BOSTON, MASS. // HEIGHT OF PERFECTION / POOLE / PIANOS // Boston, Mass. Harvard Medical School. Courtyard." showing a zeppelin with advertising in the sky, post card published by Hugh C. Leighton Co., made in Germany circa 1910, a few tiny spots of toning show in the front sky. The airship is obviously added in at the printer, making this the earliest suggestion that zeppelins could be used for advertising that we have ever seen! Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 zm(b)mgca

"Poole Piano Co., Boston, Mass.  Boston, Mass.  T. Wharf / Sold by J. e. LOTHROP PIANO CO. Dover, N. H." unused postcard from The Hugh C. Leighton Company in Portland, small upper corner crease, light toning on back. Shown top left. $10.00 mm(b)z

"POOLE PIANOS / For sale by / The J. E. Lothrop Piano Co.  Dover, N. H. // POOLE PIANO CO., BOSTON, MASS // HEIGHT OF PERFECTION / POOLE / PIANOS // Boston, Mass.  Rowes Wharf" unused post card from The Hugh C. Leighton Company, minor wear to the bottom corners, spotty yellowish toning on back. Shown bottom left. $10.00 mm(b)z

"The Constitution , Old Ironsides,; Charlestown Nay Yard, Boston, Mass. // HEIGHT OF PERFECTION / POOLE / PIANOS // Poole Piano Co., Boston Mass." postcards Mailed SEP 30 1910 at Chilton Wisconisn to Miss Almas Schley in Milwaukee Wisconsin, tiny upper corner crease, minor corner rounding elsewhere, yellowish toning over much of the back. Shown center left. $10.00 mm(b)z


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"R-100" (uncaptioned, so we used the name of the airship itself) moored to a mast at St-Hubert airport, Longueuil near Montréal, August 1930, having established a distance record for a westward flight of an airship with passengers; postcard mailed at Montreal Québec on AUG 20 1930 to Mr. T. W Scattergood in Lansdowne Pennsylvania, trivial corner wear, light rubber band mark down center of the back obscures nothing. Rare: the absence of attribution to a photographer or publisher & the lack of caption indicate this is probably a one-of-a-kind from an amateur photographer. [In contrast, professional photographers all managed to get side views to fill out their horizontal-format cards; such cards were intended to be printed in quantity.] $57.50 bq(l)a

"R-100 // Anchored to Mooring Mast, / at St. Hubert Airport, / Montreal. August 1930. // Amarré au mat d'ancrage à / l'aéroport de St-Hubert, Montréal. Août 1930."  having established a distance record for a westward flight of an airship with passengers; postcard mailed in Quebec with 2-c King stamp (light hand-cancel) to Mr. Jack Durfee in Madison Connecticut, light toning both sides. Most of the crowd seen here sat through the previous night, not knowing exactly when R-100 would arrive. Printing quality is not the best but it is rare. We found no other offers, recorded sales, or exhibits when we searched the Internet. Other postcard scenes of this mooring do not have the airship as close-up as this one, nor do they properly or so effectively convey the size of the ship by inviting comparison to the vehicles & people on the ground. Historic & rare. SALE IN PROGRESS q(s)ba

"R-100 at the mooring mast. / Souvenir St-Hubert - 1930" on its first transatlantic voyage from Great Britain, a crowd of spectators nearby; post card with partial Grondines Québec hand cancel on 2-c King stamp franking it to Providence Rhode Island, trivial wear at one upper corner, otherwise excellent condition. St-Hubert is an airport, near Montreal Québec. [Grondines is now a part of the merged Deschambault-Grondines municipality.] Most of the crowd seen here sat throughout the previous night, not knowing exactly when R-100 would arrive. Rare. When searching the Internet we found no other offers of this image, only 1 recorded sale (in deplorable condition, R-100 misinterpreted & location misidentified as being in Vermont!), and no exhibitions. $72.00 q(s)za

"R38. Leaving the Hanger at Howden.  // Duncan / Copyright" unused circa-1919 sepia-tone real photo postcard with upper corners gone. The airship hangars were located in West Riding Yorkshire. They opened in 1916 & provided protection to shipping along the east coast of England. They closed shortly after World War I. Rare: The only other surviving example we could find is in the Hull Museums Collections, and is not currently on display. The only patrol airship of its type ever built, it crashed while in flight over Hull on 23 August 1921. Tragically 44 of its crew of 49 perished. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. e(h)bwd

"'Ready for the Race' Indianapolis, Indiana." showing 8 of the 9 gas-filled balloons entered in their in the first event-competition ever to be held at the Indianapolis Speedway on June 5 1909; unused post card published by the Indiana News Company, made in Germany, good edges, very light toning near the right back edge. Also notable because the event caused the first traffic jam at the facility. The winner went some 382 miles to Alabama. Rare: we did not find it offered elsewhere or even exhibited when we searched the Internet. $50.00 bri(i) NEW / NUEVO / NOUVEAU

"Rell Clements JR. Copyright 1928 / No. 3" sepia-tone real photo postcard mailed MAY 18 1936 from Ypsilanti Michigan to Mrs. J. B. Avery in Onaway Michigan by her niece Nina, conveying family news. Unfortunately, the recipient misinterpretted the scene as a Navy airship visiting the Ypsilanti Airport, and annotated in ink to that effect on both sides. Ypsilanti does not have an airport-- the closest being Willow Run in Ypsilanti Township, which only opened in 1942! What this view actually shows is the USS Los Angeles moored at the Naval Air Station in Lakehurst New Jersey. $10.00 bg NEW / NUEVO / NOUVEAU

"RIO DE JANEIRO  THE GRAF ZEPPELIN OVE(sic) THE BAY  BRAZIL" unused lithotyped postcard made for the 1939 New York World Fair, light but extensive toning. Seen fancifully priced elsewhere as high as $69.99, invariably often ignoring the error in the caption. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. zbe

SCHERL. "Der Luftriese verläβt die Halle z. Start / Foto Scherl  Echte Fotografie / Das neue deutsche Zeppelin-Luftschiff L. Z. 129 / Das gröβte Luftschiff der welt." showing the Hindenburg ("The Air Giant Leaves the Hall at the Start" when brand new) unused 1936 real photo postcard in excellent condition. Back printing reads 'Nr. 129/II  Gesetzlich geschützt  Alleinverlag Albert Horn, Gotha' (legally protected exclusive publishing house). The photographer Scherl is best known for his photos of important Nazis; notice how the swastika is prominent in his image. Hard to find the original these days, although it has been reproduced many times! $35.00 zpn

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SCHERL. "Ruhig zieht der Luftreise seine Bahn / Echte Fotografie  Foto Scherl / Das neue deutsche Zeppelin-Luftschiff L. Z. 129 / Das gröβte Luftschiff der welt." showing the Hindenburg (as "Quiet air travel takes its course" when brand new); real photo postcard mailed 13 IV 1936 from Marseille-Gare France with a 90-rf stamp to Miss Ina Johnston in Brooklyn New York. Back printing reads 'Nr. 129/IV  Gesetzlich geschützt  Alleinverlag Albert Horn, Gotha' (legally protected exclusive publishing house). The photographer Scherl is best known for his photos of important Nazis. The lengthy handwritten message on both sides is by someone who has flown on it and met the captain: 'Do try it sometime! This is the highest spot of any trip. And Rio is the French point of departure. It is so beautiful. According to the various papers here (English and French) the Hindenburg seems to have caused considerable anxiety. None of the passengers have or seem to have any fear or misgivings in spite of the [?] crippled engines and [?] taking the shortest possible route at the last instead of flying over the Alps. Captain Lehmann is a wonder! We that sat at his table admired ... his skill, his knowledge, exceedingly great modesty, his friendliness ... The postcards of this photographer have been reproduced many times, but here you have a chance to own the real thing! $40.00 zpn

Zepelin_S-156_BaseballStadium.jpg (198849 bytes)"S-156  THE 'BLIMP' OVER BRAVES FIELD, WATERFRONT PARK / ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA. 'THE SUNSHINE CITY' with a baseball game in progress, white-border era postcard mailed there 1932, worn corners, one corner badly creased, minor edge wear. $13.00 zsf**

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"SECTIONS ÉTRANGÈRES" art depicting a zeppelin over the Brussels Exposition of 1910, carte postale officielle, circa 1910, light toning along the top back edge, faint small bottom corner crease.
Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 zeb

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See also our Pioneer Aviation Postcards.
Shown here is Capt. Charles 'Plucky' Lindbergh ready to take off on his New York to Paris Flight, May 2- 1927.

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See also our Zeppelin topical covers.  Shown here a JUN 1973 clear USCS Convention Station of Madison WI fancy cancel with zeppelin marking  the 40th anniversary of USS Macon commissioning.

Set of 4 official fund-raising postcards with unevenly divided backs urging Germans for patriotic reasons to remember zeppelin-building efforts in their wills (Zeppelin-Eckener-Spende). Rough translations follow. Upper left: One Zeppelin over German lands! Is that all we will ever see? No way! Upper right: All powers to the contrary, uphold the work! Lower left: Do German mothers want their children never to see one? Lower right: One German Zeppelin! That will happen again! Each front caption exhorting the recipient to remember the next Zeppelin building effort in their wills. The first truly successful zeppelin referred to by these postcards was the LZ3, which first flew on 9 October 1906. [The previous 2 crashed after a very few flights, discouraging most investors. The early LZ3 flights, while better, did not come up to military expectations.] The fundraising was therefore for the LZ4, first flown 20 June 1908. So the postcards date early 1907 to early 1908. All lightly toned on back from the printing process itself, all with good edges. Individually, they are seldom seen or offered; the group is unheard of. They belong in a museum. Set of 4: $67.50 bgp


SHENANDOAH DISASTER SPECIAL SECTION
9/3/25 Wreck of Navy airship USS Shenandoah (ZR-1)
 near Caldwell Ohio
partially in the Buffalo, Noble & Sharon Townships of Noble County.
One fabric/skin fragment (#1), a real photo postcard (#2)
regular-size postcard from the Auburn Greeting Card Co. (#3),
and 9 photographs sized like regular postcards (#4 - #12)
(8 of which are backstamped 'Central Park Art Studio / Mansfield Ohio').
1   2
 3    4
5      6
7    8
9    10
11   12

Notes: #1 fabric has detached from the card to which it was originally pasted. #2 NOKO paper. Lightly toned back #3, #4 & #8. No backstamp #4. Corner lost #6. Faint internal crease #9. Tiny paper separation at one corner of #12. One man's lifetime 12-item archive: $200.00. ba(m)o(n) ALL NEW / NEU / NOUVEAU


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    "SIEGER" handstamped in dark blue in the bottom front border, captioned "Luftschiff LZ 17 >>Graf Zeppelin<<"; Postkarte from the first ORIENTFAHRT from Friedrichshafen 27 MRZ29 (tied 1-Mark stamp) to El Rade Palestine (now Israel, an airdrop there but no landing) & return (für Orient-Rund-Flug or round-trip), appropriate cachets well struck, to Hermann C. Sieger (relative of the authoritative catalogue author) in Lorch Württemberg Germany where it arrived 2 APR 29, numbered 0162. Gorgeous. $160.00 b-z

Zeppelin_img061_small.jpg zeppelin post card available from LotsOfCards.com"S.M.Z.I. / Graf Zeppelin über München" with Count Zeppelin pictured in an oval inset at the left, sepia-tone on brownish paper, unused postcard with good edges, priced as a reproduction. $2.50 zb. Same except black & white on yellowish paper. $2.50 zb

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"SOUVENIR OF 25TH CON- / VENTION OF THE SUPREME / LODGE KNIGHTS OF PYTHIAS // A / GLIMPSE / of Boston Mass" showing an airship over the rooftops; post card with minor edge wear. The center of the postcard opens out from the top to contain what we believe was a tipped-in ticket, of which a small portion remains. The convention was held in August 1908.
Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 zmf

    "Speiseraum im LZ 127 'Graf Zeppelin'." showing the elegant dining room of the airship, unused continental-size real photo postcard backstamped clearly in red 'Zur Erinnerung an die Besichtigung des Lift-schiffes und Besuch des Zeppelinverkaufstandes J. Dieterle in Friedrichshafen a. B.' (advertising the seller's zeppelin booth which was set up for the return from the first South American Flight), oxidation consistent with age. Sold but both sides still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. zg(d)i

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"STATUE OF LIBERTY / NEW YORK CITY" with a blimp prominently in the background, unused postcard, hint of corner wear, otherwise fresh. $5.00 zn(n)

"'SUSIE' / GRAF ZEPPELIN GORILLA / Is the first and only trained Gorilla in the world. Captured when six months old of the west coast of South Africa in the Belgian Congo. Taken / to the Riviera in France, where she remained / until the Graf zeppelin made its first trip to / America, on which she was a passenger... / ... placed in the Cincinnati / (Ohio) Zoo, where she is on exhibition ... / SUSIE WILL BE 16 YEARS OLD AUG. 4, 1942 / ..." 1939 copyrighted card with all-over-back details, sized as a regular postcard, unimportant light toning on back. Rare: there are several images of her -- white border around, wearing a hat, with her trainer, part of a folder, holding a baseball bat, etc. -- but this one is seldom offered. $25.00 za(g)o(c)b

"Taken from my window in Venice  1921" uncaptioned Azo (triangles both ways) real photo postcard (so we use all the writing on the back, light album marks at the back corners. Obviously one of a kind. This is the Esperia (originally the German LZ120 Bodensee, turned over to Italy in July 1921 as partial WWI reparations. It then flew civilian passengers between Milan & Venice. The tall building toward the left front is obviously St Marks Campanile in Piazza San Marco. Sold but both sides still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scans (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75 either or $7.25 both. ba(m) bi

"Testing Engine on the Nassr Air Ship, Toledo, O. / Will make Flights at the Rush County Fair / August 25, 26 and 27, 1909" promotional post card for the fair in Rushville Indiana, partially addressed but never sent, a little explanatory writing on back could probably be erased if desired, tiny spot of light toning near where the stamp would have gone. Rare for collectors of either location. $15.00 bo(t)i(r) NEW / NUEVO / NOUVEAU

"The Goodyear Blimp 'America', one of a fleet of / four..." close-up while airborne, unused chrome postcard from The Scheller Co., fresh appearance. $2.00

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"THE GOODYEAR-ZEPPELIN CORP'S. FACTORY AND DOCK  51" at Akron Ohio, white-border era postcard from Akron Stationery Co., unused, good edges. $5.50 zo#



"THE GRAF ZEPPELIN LEAVING GERMANY" unused sepia-tone Azo (squares in corners) postcard, matte finish, a hint of oxidation, good edges. Rare. $20.00 bg
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"The HINDENBURG, D-LZ 129  N. A. S. LAKEHURST, N. J." moored at the Naval Air Station, on one of its 1936 visits; unused sepia-tone Azo (squares in corners) real photo postcard, minor corner wear, light spotty toning on back. In the following year it would crash there disastrously. Rare. $100.00 zn(l)

"THE HINDENBURG / Lakehurst, N. J.  1936" post card mailed from Atlantic City New Jersey MAY 10 1936 by a couple who wrote 'Was at Lakehurst this morning. the Big Ship is wonderful. It is cold here today...', trivial wear to one upper corner. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. zn(l)

"THE MACON AT MOFFETT FIELD, U.S.  / NAVAL AIR BASE, NEAR MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIF. / 610" with a side view of the tethered airship; unused sepia-tone Ekc real photo postcard, upper corner crease, other corner wear is minor. Short-lived & ill-fated, it was launched 11 March 1933 & crashed 12 February 1935. Rare: when we searched the Internet there were no other offers, past or present, and not even one exhibit. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 zm(u)a(m)c(m)

Zeppelin_TheNavalAirship-200_small.jpg blimp postcards available from Judnick.com"THE NAVAL AIRSHIP J-3 LANDING, NAVAL AIR STATION, LAKEHURST, N. J. / 75-29" unused white-border era postcard published by S. Kevitch, minor corner wear. This ill-fated training airship first flew in October 1926, and crashed tragically with 2 men lost while searching for USS Akron survivors in April 1933. Hard to find! $9.00 zn(l)m(n)


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"The Navy's Great Airship / Performance of this gigantic air-liner justifies the faith Congress reposed...Power, six 300 horse-power Packard built motors..." advertising postcard with pre-printed message as follows on back: ' Remember, when you see this huge airship that she is driven by six Packard 300 H. P. motors - built with Single-Six and Single-Eight care.' Postcard mailed AUG 23 1924 from Lakehurst New Jersey to Mr. Fred Holdridge in Westerly Rhode Island, both sides lightly toned, booklet stamp with off-center printing. Interesting & detailed information on both sides; decidedly rare. $100.00 baa
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"The Roma Before the Great Disaster.  Norfolk 1922. // Long's Studios" unused Azo (triangles both ways) real photo postcard, backstamped neatly with blue oval 'LONG'S / QUALITY PRINT / NORFOLK, VA.', toning near the back edges, oxidation consistent with circa-1920 age. This semi-rigid airship was the last hydrogen-filled aircraft flown by the US Army; helium was used thereafter. It was destroyed in a crash on 21 February 1922 at Norfolk Virginia, killing 34 souls & injuring 8 others. Rare: no other examples of this image were offered or even exhibited on the Internet when we searched with Google. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. v(n)a(m)db

     
"THE SHAMROCK // The top / of the / morning to you" signed Ellen H. Clapsaddle fantasy art depicts 9 little people being conveyed by a Irish-green zeppelin, intricately embossed postcard printed in Germany for the International Art Publishing Company, mailed Mar 17 1910 at Zanesville Ohio, 3 areas of light toning on back, album marks at the front corners. Front shown left. $7.00 iba(c). Another example mailed MAR 16 1910 at Lafayette Indiana to Robert H. Booker in that city, small upper corner crease, approximately 3/4" horizontal tear into nothing important either side. Back shown right. $4.50 iba(c)

"THE U. S. S. Akron, 'Queen of the Skies'. / Flirting with Clouds at Twilight // © Stivas Studio / AKRON, OHIO" unused real photo postcard, trivial corner wear. Rare: when we searched the Internet we found no other offers, no recorded sales; the only exhibit we found had the copyright information at the lower right obscured. This ill-fated airship saw brief service from its launch in 8 August 1931 to its crash in 3 April 1933. $20.00 zo(a)

   
"THE WORLD'S LARGEST AIRSHIP, THE 'AKRON'" with many facts about it printed above the back message area, unused E. C. Kropp post card (numbered 29101N), tiny spot of toning near the stamp box, a two-line erasure at the bottom of the back message area, good edges. Hard to find! $7.50 bs

"This card was brought from Germany on the GRAF ZEPPELIN - voyage ending August 4, 1929" advertising card for Veedol Motor Oils (actually used on the airship) distributed by the Tide Water Oil Company. Made in Germany & regular postcard size, but both message part & address part of back were ads in English for Veedol Motor Oil. When we searched the Internet we found: no other offers, a few recorded sales in multiple postcard lots in auctions, & only one recorded sale when offered by itself. So we say it is seldom offered. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. zoa

"THIS SOUVENIR POST CARD / OF THE RIGID AIRSHIP / 'GRAF ZEPPELIN' / COME TO YOU FROM THE ANNUAL EXHIBITION / OF THE / RUBBER CITY STAMP CLUB / AKRON, OHIO / FROM A PHOTOGRAPH IN THE FILES OF THE / AKRON BEACON JOURNAL" black & white postcard in vertical format, D-LZ127 readable on the aircraft; light toning both sides, slight crush to one corner. Fourth in a series. $2.25 zo


Three sepia-tone real photo postcards showing the historic landing of the R-34 carrying the first East-West trans-Atlantic mail. The postcard captioned in the sky "R-34 Landing a Roosevelt / Field, Hempstead, N.Y." was mailed at Hempstead AUG 1 1919, sender commenting 'We saw this while it was in the Air.' The other 2 cards are unused Azo (triangles both ways) real photo postcards from Wentworth's Art Shop in Chatham Massachusetts. Rare: we found no offers or exhibitions of any of these 3 when we searched the Internet. Rare: we found no offers or exhibitions of any of these 3 when we searched the Internet.  Sold but front sides still available for scholarly study & research in an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $9.75. n(h)pb









"Tokyo Aug. 22 1929" showing the arriving airship Graf Zeppelin passing over a large 7-story building (probably in the Marunouchi business district), our caption from the information penned on the front; sepia-tone real photo (privately taken) postcard mailed 4.8.26 (Japanese dating) 'by Air-Ship Graf Zepplin(sic)' to 'Mr. Karl Klipstein / Erlangen (Bayern) Postschliessfach 9 / Germany' the address of a professional philatelist in Bavaria, tiny upper right corner crease, 2 long bends at the upper left corner. As the authoritative Sieger catalogue details, this zeppelin was on its first round-the-world flight; from Tokyo it went to Friedrichshafen, via Los Angeles & Lakehurst New Jersey. Its stopover in Tokyo -- to discharge passengers & mail, get routine maintenance, and to take on passengers & mail -- occurred on August 23 to 26. Thus the dating on the front denotes its sighting on arrival; note the 3 much smaller biplanes flying in the distance, which conveys a sense of the excitement it caused. [Not shown: there were throngs of excited people below, who had never seen the like, but who had been told of the expected arrival time.] The 4 in the Japanese date is the 4th year of the Shōwa reign -- adding 1925 as we must gets the year of that reign, 1929. The 8.26 is, therefore, the cancel on its departure date for the first non-stop flight of any kind across the Pacific Ocean.
Sold but both sides still available for scholarly study & research as enlarged 300-dpi scans (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75 either or $7.25 both. jb-jfz


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Zeppelin_img023_small.jpg zeppelin postcard available from Judnick.com"T. v Eckenbrecher 14" printed signature of German artist Themistocles von Eckenbrecher on art depicting 'Zeppelin über Antwerpen' (as we learn from the back) acting as a military observation platform, Feldpostkarte used 31.3.15 at Sobernheim (very clear cancel on back, no stamp necessary) to a Belgian address, soft corners, traces of cancel ink on front. Postkarte sold for the creation of a strong German air fleet: 'Deutscher Luftflotten-Verein / für Schaffung einer starken deutschen Luftflotte / und Förderung der Luftaherschule! /Jahresbeitrag: einschl. Vereinszeitschrift / 'Die Luftflotte' nach Selbsteinschäßtung / mindestens 3,- Mk. Berlin W 57, Grobenstraße 27.' On canvas, this artist's work is infrequently offered at major auction houses with estimates in the tens of thousands of dollars. Bad Sobernheim is located in the Rhineland-Palatinate region of Germany. After its defeat at Liege by the Germans, the Belgian Army fell back to Antwerp, and was forced to retreat still further after heavy fighting such as that shown. $30.00 zba(w)a(m)w-r

   
Two uncaptioned real photographs (each the size of a regular postcard) obviously from the same series of the USS Macon (ZRS-5) in flight. Both have distinctive front borders & the numeral 34 stamped in violet on the otherwise blank back. In one (the most horizontal aircraft) the name MACON can clearly be read near the back tailfin. Sold but both fronts still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scans (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75 either or $7.25 both. ba(m)

Two uncaptioned real photo postcards showing the 'Graf Zeppelin' overflying the city of Baden-Baden  (now in Baden-Württemberg). Focus is sharp enough in each instance so that the name of the airship can be read on its hull, near the tailfins. On the left: the tall building we see is unmistakably the Stiftskirche. On the right: the land of Brenner's Park along the small river Oos. Each back in violet down the dividing line reads 'Photographie G. Lampe, Baden-Baden, Ludwig Wilhelm Pl. 5', whose known photography was local & mostly portraiture; the latest date we could find for him was 1935. This airship flew 1928 - 1937. The considerable oxidation of the Postkarte at the left is indicative of an early flight; the lack of oxidation on the right indicates one of the later flights. Both for $25.00 total. bb

    Uncaptioned real photo postcard showing the Graf Zeppelin drawing a large crowd at Lakehurst New Jersey, shot from the crowd rather than higher-up as the commercially produced cards were (you can just make out that the many dots are actually people). Writer comments: 'This was wonderful to see the landing of the zep.' Mailed from Lakehurst, of course, August 29 1929 when the airship had returned from Los Angeles. $30.00 bn

Zeppelin_AzoSquaresInCorners-200_small.jpg airship postcards available from LotsOfPhotos.comUncaptioned sepia-tone AZO real photo (squares in corners) post card showing a zeppelin near its hangar, a crowd gathered below; unused, thin on back near the stamp box, lightly toned back. Obviously one-of-a-kind: no caption, no photographer attribution, no publisher credit, etc. It looks like J-3 landing at Lakehurst to us; compare the captioned postcard that we have above, showing just such a landing. $7.50 z

Uncaptioned sepia-tone AZO real photo (triangles up and down) postcard with low contrast showing a military zeppelin moored to the mooring mast on a ship, minor corner & edge wear, unevenly & extensively toned back. Printed at a slight tilt to the edges, but the card is all there. The year is circa-1928, and the ship is the USS PATOKA (AO-9). Shown left. $10.00 bs(m). Similar, but with a heavy bottom corner crease, and better contrast to make up for it. Shown right. $10.00 bs(m) NEW / NEU / NOUVEAU

Uncaptioned sepia-tone AZO real photo (triangles up & down) postcard with low contrast, internal crease the the upper right front, long bottom corner crease through the water, heavily toned back. Despite the poor printing this image is the best we have seen to compare the length of the tethered blimp to the ship. The time is circa-1928. $10.00 bs(m) NEW / NEU / NOUVEAU

Uncaptioned sepia-tone AZO real photo (triangles up & down) postcard with image at a noticeable tilt, 2 internal creases (all in the sky, the other through the ship), minor corner rounding, spotty toning near the center left front edge lightly toned back. Despite the poor printing this image is the best we have seen to compare the length of the tethered blimp to the ship. The time is circa-1928. $10.00 bs(m) NEW / NEU / NOUVEAU

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"une Pensée / de TOUL / Pratbermon, éditeur, Toul" black & white carte postal with publisher's name in brown, multiview with 7 scenes--including a zeppelin in flight & a bridge--arranged in a pansy-like flower design, green back from booklet, browning back edges. $4.75 fzm+

"Unsere Zukunst liegt in der bust / Graf Zeppelin / 3909" meaning 'our future is in the chest' in German, unused metamorphic Postkarte with the head & cap of the count incorporating two zeppelins & several balloons, slight oxidation, small upper corner crease, lightly toned back. $20.00 mbb

Unused & uncaptioned Azo (squares in corners) real photo postcard showing either the USS Akron or its sister-airship the USS Macon in flight over head, slight oxidation, good edges, back with light fingerprint toning. Focus is not sharp enough to read the name of the ship near the tailfin; it's there, but it cannot be read. $4.50 b

            
            
            
            
"USES OF THE AIR SHIP". Signed Bowman art on a 12-postcard series. 8 are mailed with 1909 - 1913 postmarks in Midwestern US states. Minor faults except: a lot of toning on back (left, row 3); 1/2" tear from top center edge (center, row 3). Obviously done in printings at different times, because of slight variations in the dimensions & border treatments. There is scant information on this gifted artist. All these postcards are very hard to find, so apparently none were printed in quantity. Finding all 12 at once at our price of $70.00 is a real treat. a(b)bbf 

"U.S. NAVAL AIR BASE, NEAR MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIF. DIMENSIONS 954. / OF HANGAR - LENGTH 1138 FT. WIDTH 310 FT. HEIGHT 198 FT." real photo postcard mailed JUN 3 1934 from Palo Alto California, shortly after it was built. Message in part: 'Olaf has been in the Macon, and he says its effect is so cold and cheerless, and flimsy. ..." The name of this specific location is Hangar One at Moffett Field. Its dimensions are sometimes quoted a little bit differently than we read here. Hard to find! That is why. $17.00 c(m)m(n)z

   
"U S NAVY" on the side of a zeppelin flying over a coastal area, real photo post card from an undisclosed publisher, mailed NOV 2 1923 from Lakehurst New Jersey to Mrs. A. Van Schoick in Long Beach NJ, minor oxidation consistent with age, good edges. $10.00 z
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Zeppelin_USNavyMetal-200_small.jpg airship postcards available from Judnick.com"U. S. NAVY METAL-CLAD AIRSHIP, NAVAL AIR STATION, LAKEHURST, N. J." showing ZMC-2 near its hangar, unused white-border era postcard published for Happy Landings Canteen in Lakehurst. Rare: when we searched the Internet we found no offers, no exhibits, nor any recorded prior sales. $40.00 znm

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"U.S. NAVY  L / U.S. NAVY  G / U.S. NAVY  K / U.S. NAVY  M" / PROPORTIONALLY IN SCALE" black & white card with extensive details about quantities built, dates & purposes of each of these types of non-rigid ships all over the back. $16.00 zm(n)a(m)

"U. S. S. AKRON IN FLIGHT  62" over the Goodyear-Zeppelin hangar, unused Tichnor postcard published by Akron Stationery Company in Cuyahoga Falls Ohio, very lightly toned back, good edges. Crashed in 1935. The only examples we could find when we searched the Internet, had their captions at the top center without the number; so check your albums, we believe this is a hard one to get! $25.00 zoa(m)

"U. S. S. 'AKRON' LANDING AT NAVAL AIR STATION  LAKEHURST, N. J." Albertype post card published by the Airship Photo Shop in Lakehurst, unused, fairly fresh with good edges. Seldom seen. $12.00 bn(l)m(n)a NEW / NOUVEAU / NEU

"U. S. S. 'AKRON' MOORED AT MAST, NAVAL AIR STATION   LAKEHURST, N. J." unused Albertype postcard with airship dimensions printed on the back, published by Airship Photo Shop in Lakehurst, very light toning near one back corner, two corners with trivial wear. Rare: when we searched the Internet we found no other offers, past or present, and no recorded sales. $16.00 n(l)ba


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"U. S. S. AKRON, NAVY AIRSHIP AND CAPITOL BUILDINGS  55" post card mailed AUG 9 1931 from Mansfield Ohio to Mrs. Carl Wagner in Lexington Virginia, back asserts that the art was begun in flight, Tichnor published, 2 small corner creases. $5.00 zd

"U. S. S. AKRON, NAVY AIRSHIP AND U. S. S. NEW HAMPSHIRE BATTLESHIP  53" a drawing meant to compare their sizes; Tichnor postcard mailed APR17 1934 from Akron to Mrs. H. M. Jones in Great Falls Montana, small bottom corner crease, soft corners, very light toning on back. The New Hampshire was not then in commission, having been sold for scrap in 1923, which is why we emphasize this is a drawing. $8.00 za(m)s(m)

"U. S. S. AKRON PREPARING TO LAND, NAVAL AIR STATION, LAKEHURST, N. J." unused post card copyrighted by Happy Landings Canteen in Lakehurst, light album toning on back, good edges. Rare: when we searched the Internet we found no other offers, past or present, and no recorded sales. $14.00 n(l)ba(m)

"U. S. S. LOS ANGELES AT CONTROL AND COMPARTMENT CAR, LAKEHURST, N. J.  11 / © CLEMENTS" unused postcard from photographer R. S. Clements in Lakehurst, very light toning on back, trivial corner wear. $12.00 bn(l)p NEW / NEU / NOUVEAU








"U. S. S. LOS ANGELES AT MAST" at Lakehurst New Jersey; unused circa-1926 Defender real photo postcard, just a little toning near the edges of the back, good edges. $15.00 bn(l)a(m)
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"U. S. S. LOS ANGELES, NAVAL AIR STATION, LAKEHURST, N. J.  1 / © CLEMENTS" with a crowd of civilians around it; unused post card published by photographer R. S. Clements in Lakehurst, light rubber band mark & a little toning on back. $10.00 bn(l)p NEW / NY / NOUVEAU / ÚJ

"U. S. S. LOS ANGELES, NAVAL AIR STATION, LAKEHURST, N. J.  5 / © CLEMENTS" with a crowd of civilians around it; unused post card publishes by photographer R. S. Clements in Lakehurst, light rubber band mark & a little toning on back. $10.00 bn(l)p NEW / NEU / NOUVEAU

"U. S. S. MACON ON MAST AT AKRON, OHIO / 3A-H1481" unused linen postcard from the Central News Agency in Akron, printer's code translates to 1933 date (so just after its commissioning), toning on back from contact with other cards, trivial wear at 2 corners. Crashed in 1935. $5.00 zo(a)

"U. S. S. SHENANDOAH AT NAVAL AIR STATION, LAKEHURST, N. J.  9 / © CLEMENTS" showing it changing crews on the ground, unused post card published by photographer R. S. Clements in Lakehurst., very light spotty toning on back, trivial corner rounding. Rare: no other offers or even exhibits when we searched the Internet. $30.00 n(l)ba(m)

"U. S. S. SHENANDOAH, LAKEHURST, N. J.  3 / © CLEMENTS" showing it undergoing extensive repairs in early 1925 to its mooring assembly, nose, control car & fins after being damaged in a gale; postcard mailed JUL 27 1925 from Seaside Park NJ to Mrs. Alfred Braddock in Berlin NJ, messaged 'Came through Lakehurst saw the two dirrigables(sic) it was a wonderfull(sic) sight.', each right front corner creased twice, light toning on back. Published by the photographer R. S. Clements in Lakehurst. Rare: when we searched the Internet we found no other offers, past or present, and but one exhibit. $27.50 n(l)bpa(m)

"von Hindenburg  Lakehurst, N. J." unused post card published by De's Inn in Lakehurst New Jersey (their 'form 5'). We could not find its likes offered or exhibited when we searched the Internet using the distinctive 'von Hindenburg' in the caption. Even more surprising, we could not find anything for "De's Inn" "Lakehurst, N. J." using Google either! Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. zn(l)

"von Hindenburg // Zeppelin-Luftschiff Z. Z. 129 Hindenburg" with a reproduction of his signature below his inset portrait; unused real photo Postkarte giving the airship's dimensions on its heavily toned back, small bottom corner crease, splotch of toning & an accompanying internal crease from the left front edge. $5.00 bfa

"W1COM" United States Naval Reserve Station QSL card mailed there 1935 by operator V. H. Ashton, small corner crease, pinhole discoloration at top center, small amount of one upper corner gone, toned back. Illustration on front displays the State Seal of Maine. Front text boasts "zeppelin antenna for transmitting and receiving". $3.00 zm(n)m(n)

"WF-37  GENERAL MOTORS BUILDING, CHICAGO WORLD'S FAIR / 3A-H659" including a Goodyear blimp in the night sky, unused linen post card with light toning on back, a couple of faint internal crease show near the lower right front corner. $3.75 zi(c)e

"WHEN MY SHIP COMES IN / MORNING ON THE ATLANTIC  0A4140" unused circa-1930 (from printer's code) postcard published by the American Art Post Card Company in Boston, very light toning on back, 2 corners with minor wear. Seldom seen or offered. $4.00 oz

"Will Rogers / says 'All I know is just / what I read in the papers. / I see where Goodyear got the / Government contract to / make our home-made Zep- / pelins. They must have some / mighty good rubber to keep / all that air from getting out / and mixing with just this / old ordinary air" postcard on pebbled stock with a pre-printed advertising (Pathfinder to All-Weather Tread automobile tires) for Reed's Tire Shop in Viroqua Wisconsin on back, mailed there AUG 26 1929 to Mr. Chris Nelson in that town, 3 corners with small creases not into the image, the other corner with a bit of wear. Hard to find for any dealer. We found but one other (in Rushford New York) when we searched the Internet! $15.00 w(v)zfa


"ZEPPELIN AND DOCK, AKRON, OHIO / STIVAS STUDIO, AKRON, OHIO" a US Navy airship partially within; unused linen postcard published by H. A. Bingamon in Dayton Ohio, one bottom corner with minor wear, trivial edge wear. $3.25 zo

Zeppelin_img046_small.jpg dirigible post card available from LotsOfCards.com

"Zeppelin Flying Over City Hall Park, / New York City" postcard published by Manhattan Card (their number 126 on back), unused, small mark on back may be removable, trivial corner & edge wear. $7.00 zn

    "Zeppelin-Landung Meiningen." showing the Graf Zeppelin landing in Thuringia & attracting quite a crowd; real photo postcard mailed at Meiningen 11.1.31 with an 8-pfg stamp within Germany, messaged in German (Germanic script) the same day & mentioning the flight. This was a one-day flight (Sieger number 132) to Meiningen & back to Friedrichshafen. Sold but both sides still available for scholarly study & research as enlarged 300-dpi scans (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75 either or $7.25 both. bt

"Zeppelin-Museum Friedrichshafen a. B." continental postcard mailed 4 JUL 28 with 15-pfg Immanuel Kant Germany stamp from Weingarte Württemberg to Mrs. B. E. Kahler Evans in Cincinnati Ohio. Sender comments "... this is the Zeppelin Plant, just great..." so apparently the plant at Friedrichshafen am Bodensee had a small museum for visitors attached to it. Back divider reads "Graph. Abtlg. der Luftschiftbau Zeppelin G. m. b. H.' Two corners with small creases not into the image, stamp has a tiny nick on its surface. $9.00 wzm

Zeppelin_img009_small.jpg zeppelin post card available from Judnick.com"Zeppelin's Dirigible / Military Airship" showing the LZ1 tethered near the Bavarian waters of Lake Constance / Bodensee; postcard mailed 1908 from Mobile Alabama to Mr. E. G. Davidson of South Point Ohio, speckles of cancel ink near the top front edge, minor wear to the bottom corners, 1905 copyright notice is faint along the left front side. $50.00 zba(m)m(g)

"ZEPPELIN TOURIST CAMP  Jennerstown, Penna." the door to its eatery flanked by Coca Cola bottle signs, an long arrow near its nose pointing the way to the rest rooms; circa-1930 sepia-tone DOPS real photo post card, pencilled annotation of back reads 'now located at Deerfield Ohio on Rout 14', small lower corner crease, minor edge wear. For an article on this roadside Americana, please see the Lincoln Highway Forum Vol. 8 (1,2) 22. Rare: when we searched the Internet we could find no other offers, no recorded sales & no exhibits. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. p(j)rmccz#

Zeppelin_img015_small.jpg zeppelin postcard available from Judnick.com


"Zeppelin über Dover" signed art showing an airship over the White Cliffs of Dover in Kent England, unused Red Cross (Rotes Kreuz) Postkarte Serie b Nr. 17, a few minor tiny spots of toning in the front border. Seldom seen.
Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 zre








"Zeppelin über New York." unused post card from Verlag Piek in Potsdam, trivial corner rounding, faint album toning on back. Seldom seen; seldom offered. $12.00 bn(n)
NEW / NOUVEAU / NEU

"ZR-3 ARRIVING IN AMERICA. / NOW THE LOS ANGELES  © 'INTERNATIONAL NEWSREEL' N. Y. C." showing the last & largest zeppelin arriving at the US Naval Air Station on October 15 1924, some additional information on back; unused Tichnor postcard, tiny upper corner crease, the other upper corner with minor wear, light rubber band mark horizontally near the top front, light spotty toning over the back which is printed at a slight tilt. The arrival station was at Lakehurst New Jersey; the event, part of German war reparations to the US. This vessel was the second of 4 to carry the Los Angeles name. Rare. $15.00 ba(m)n(l) NEW / NUEVO / NOUVEAU 

"ZR-3 LANDING FROM GERMANY AT U. S. N. AIR STATION, LAKEHURST, N. J. / NOW THE LOS ANGELES  © 'INTERNATIONAL NEWSREEL' N. Y. C." unused post card, noticeable corner wear & rounding, heavy uneven back toning. $3.75 bn(l) NEW / NUEVO / NOUVEAU

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"ZSG-4 ... / ZS2G-1 ... / ZPG-2W ... / ZPG-3W" all shown with U.S. NAVY insignia in the empennage configuration, card with extensive details about quantities built, dates & purposes of each of these types of non-rigid ships all over the back. $16.00 zm(n)a(m)


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