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CARDS & DIRIGIBLE POSTCARDS
DIRIGIBLES / AIRSHIPS / BLIMPS / DIRIGIBLES / DIRIGEABLES
Several are not yet listed--please inquire!
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
"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. $15.00 zs
"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*
"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. Stamp fell off but it is still with the postcard.
"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. $11.00 zfa(m)d
"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. $8.00 zoi
"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. $12.00 eiza
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 to Frank Kocher in Bethlehe`m Pennsylvania. 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.
"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
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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. $50.00 a(p)b
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: our search of the Internet found no other offers, no
recorded sales, and no exhibits whatsoever.
"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.
"AMERICAN AIRSHIP / KNABENSHUE" unused black & white 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. $27.50 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 curl to the paper is no problem in an album or even sleeved, 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. $50.00 zn(l)d NEW / NEU / NOUVEAU
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
"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. $15.00 zf
"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. $15.00 zf
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"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
"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
"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, extensive glue striping on back (after removal from album) obscures nothing, good edges. $13.00 o(a)db NEW / NEU / NOUVEAU
"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
"'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
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. $25.00 bh NEW / NEU / NOUVEAU
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"... / 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
"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)
"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. $30.00 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! $35.00 zpn NEW / NEU / NOUVEAU
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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)
"DIRIGIBLE FLYING OVER MIAMI BEACH" unused white-border era post card from Series No. 238, light spotty toning on front. Truly rare. When we searched the Internet, no one offered it, no one exhibited it, no one bragged about selling it. $18.00 zf(m)
"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. $15.00 zs
"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. $35.00 zes(r)
"Dr. Hugo Eckener / Landung 'Graft Zeppelin' in Nürnberg" black & white 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. $10.00 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 'Introduction of the Graf Zeppelin' (translated) with a crowd assembled to see it; 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 z NEW / NEU / NOUVEAU
"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
"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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"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: when we searched
the Internet there were no other offers, past or present, and no exhibits.
"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. $75.00 za(m)gm
"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, right side of image imperfectly developed. Rare. The airship is identified explicitly in printing on the back. $20.00 bn NEW / NEU / NOUVEAU
"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
with 6-pfg. German stamp from Friedrichshafen to Coburg Bayern (Bavaria),
small bottom corner crease not into the image.
"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. $200.00 z-z NEW / NEU / NOUVEAU
"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 NEW / NEU / NOUVEAU
"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 -- namely, 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. $200.00 z-z
"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
"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. $10.00 zos
"Goodyear 'Blimp' Hollywood, Cal." showing the Volunteer (NC-8A) being tended to, unused 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. $19.00 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. $30.00 cz
"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. 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
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.
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
"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). $50.00 za(m)gmpw
"HELIUM CELL IN U. S. S. AKRON, NAVY AIRSHIP 48" also showing the
Goodyear racing balloon--both while a test is in process, white-border era postcard from
Akron Stationery Co., unused, small corner crease, four small scraped areas on back.
"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
"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.
"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? $25.00 znia(m)g
"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 $90.00 zeg. Same, but a little more toning on the back, no corner crease, mild wear at 3 corners. $85.00 zeg
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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! $25.00 za(s)t*
Looking 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
"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 NEW / NEU / NOUVEAU
"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 NEW / NEU / NOUVEAU
"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
"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
"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, small light spot of toning near the upper back edge. Difficult subject matter for any artist. $25.00 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. $50.00 z-z
"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. $65.00 zg
"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.
"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. $50.00 zg(m)
"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
"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
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.
"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
"Passed over town in my / air ship. Below was not in sight when I took this. / Hal P. Smith // MANISTEE" with a panoramic view of the Michigan town, sepia-tone real photo post card mailed JAN 25 1906 (ink spot in dial of flag cancel) to Richard Warner Jr. of Grand Rapids Michigan (arrival mark the same day is clear on back), a little toning on the back, same identical handwriting & ink both sides. This aeronaut was tasked with controlling his craft and with controlling his camera. His written comment essentially tells us that his camera was being controlled remotely (by some undisclosed device). He necessarily focused his attention on the airship controls for his safety, rather than on the sights he could have seen below. Rare, interesting, and of historic importance. Consider: (1) The first aerial photo from a airplane was taken in 1909 by Wilbur Wright at Centrocelli Italy; (2) George Lawrence's 1906 panoramic photo of San Francisco ruined by an earthquake is literally famous. The photo Smith took obviously excited enough local interest to have a real photo postcard published with the indicated caption added at the lower right of the image. But it is his handwritten explanation that is most interesting. When one does something truly difficult, it is human nature to explain it, so that others understand how really difficult the task was. Look at how clear his writing is & his bold signature; he wants the viewer to know how proud he was of the planned photo & and how difficult it was to obtain it. $450.00 zpm
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"MOTOR DRIVEN WAR AIRSHIP" showing the invention of Major von Perseval; Tuck Oilette postcard 9495, mailed 1911 from Berlin to Arkansas, bottom corners creased, minor corner & edge wear. Described in interesting detail on the back. Hard to find! $75.00 za(m)t
"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
"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. $35.00 bs NEW / NEU / NOUVEAU
"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. $15.00 n(n)b
"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
"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 NEW / NY / NOUVEAU / ÚJ
"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. 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: seldom seen, seldom offered, and seldom exhibited. Belongs in a museum. $100.00 o(e)za(m)m(n)
/ 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.
/ 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. 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 only one recorded sale in a small group
of such cards, but no individual offers at any time.
"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
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"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, pencil writing on back, light toning of the back, 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! $15.00 zm(b)mgca
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
"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.] $100.00 bq(l)a NEW / NY / NOUVEAU / ÚJ
"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. $40.00 e(h)bwd
"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 both sides. Seen fancifully priced elsewhere as high as $69.99, invariably often ignoring the error in the caption. Our price is only $7.00 zbe NEW / NEU / NOUVEAU
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 NEW / NEU / NOUVEAU
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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! $50.00 zpn NEW / NEU / NOUVEAU
"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**
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:
"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. $175.00 b-z
"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
"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. $
"'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.
"The Goodyear Blimp 'America', one of a fleet of / four..." close-up while airborne, unused chrome post card from The Scheller Co., fresh appearance. $2.00
"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) NEW / NEU / NOUVEAU
"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. $15.00 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)
"THE NAVAL AIRSHIP J-3 LANDING, NAVAL AIR STATION, LAKEHURST, N. J. / 75-29" unused black & white 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! $10.00 zn(l)m(n)
"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 it with Google. $80.00 v(n)a(m)db NEW / NEU / NOUVEAU
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.
"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
"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. $85.00 zbam(a)w-r
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 NEW / NEU / NOUVEAU
Uncaptioned sepia-tone AZO real photo (squares in corners) 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
"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 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
"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)
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.
"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) NEW / NEU / NOUVEAU
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.
"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) NEW / NEU / NOUVEAU
"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) NEW / NEU / NOUVEAU
"von Hindenburg Lakehurst, N. J." unused post card published by De's Inn in Lakehurst New Jersey (their 'form 5'), back with printed statistics--gas volume, length, diameter, horse power, speed in knots & passenger capacity. 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! $35.00 zn
"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 NEW / NEU / NOUVEAU
"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 NEW / NEU / NOUVEAU
"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. $35.00 zt NEW / NEU / NOUVEAU
"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'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#
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