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Sanke, Liersch, NPG, etc. Postcards

Did you know that Sanke cards were not only of noted aviators? Willy Sanke also released a series of various aircraft.
Like the aviator cards, they usually are numbered. These cards  are not as commonly seen as the aviator cards.
We refer you further down this page where we offer some of the lesser known Sanke Cards.
You will find them quite interesting.

 

Pour le Mérite Winners

 

 

42-175 RITTMEISTER MANFRED FREIHERR von RICHTHOFEN PHOTO POSTCARD FROM UNSERE LUFTFLOTTE im WELTKRIEG. Today we are offering an interesting reissue of one of Rittmeister Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen’s famous Sanke Cards. The Red Baron’s Sanke Cards were very popular from 1917 through 1918 and even after the war. A number of different von Richthofen poses were issued. Other postcard manufacturers even bought the rights to original photographs so they could issue their own versions. When the Third Reich began its twelve-year reign over Germany, one of Hitler’s chief lieutenants, Hermann Göring, used his WW I fame as JG 1's final commander and a PLM-winner to create increased interest in Germany’s pilots and air force. Just prior to 1935's creation of the Luftwaffe, a wave of items about WW I’s PLM-winning pilots broke forth. Books, cigarette cards, and postcards were published, and WW I’s very popular Sanke Cards were reissued during 1933-1934.
So, we are offering one of these postcards today. Its reverse states "Unsere Luftflotte in Weltkrieg," with the dates 1933-1934. Von Richthofen is pictured hatless and sporting his famous ulanka, the tunic worn by Ulanen-Regiment officers and troopers. His PLM can be seen around his neck, while his left breast displays his 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class above his Prussian Pilot Badge. His hands are thrust into his ulanka’s pockets. Yet, like his Nr 503 Sanke Card, it is his steady, piercing gaze that captures my attention.
The condition of the card is excellent. It has never been mailed. These postcards are every bit as scarce as the original Sanke Cards.
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42-173 SANKE CARD Nr 361 - OBERLEUTNANT MAX IMMELMANN. This is a Sanke Card of Max Immelmann. He, along with Oswald Boelcke, was one of the first two German pilots to receive the Orden Pour le Mérite in January 1916. The legend is that the PLM’s popular name (the Blue Max) was in his honor. He was also known as the "Eagle of Lille." He received his award after attaining eight confirmed victories. He flew a Fokker Eindecker, which was equipped with an interrupter device that allowed his machine gun to fire between his propeller blades. He died on 15 June 1916 with fifteen victories to his credit.
The postcard shows Immelmann standing against a backdrop. He holds his schirmütze in his hand. His tunic boasts a large medal bar, 1914 Iron Cross, and his Prussian Pilot Badge. Also he wears the coveted Blue Max at his throat. His rank, "Oberleutnant Immelmann," appears in the card’s right upper corner. Below that is a small white cross, which indicates that he is dead (and means the card was produced after his death). The postcard has not been mailed and is in excellent condition.
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42-170 SANKE CARD Nr 578 FOR PLM-WINNING PILOT OBERLEUTNANT EDUARD (Ritter von) SCHLEICH. Here is a fine example of Sanke Card Nr 578, which features Oberleutnant Eduard Ritter von Schleich (1888-1947). Von Schleich is one of the Great War’s most fascinating PLM-winning pilots. He was a Bavarian Army Cadet (Fahnenjunker) who was assigned in either 1909 or 1910 to the Bavarian Infanterie-Regiment Nr 11. He was released from active service, however, due to health problems (which plagued him throughout much of his life). He was called back from the Reserves to the Army in August 1914, only to be severely wounded at the Battle of Lorraine on later that same month. While recovering, he applied to the Bavarian Air Service and was approved.
Von Schleich was again wounded while piloting a two-seater on a critical mission. He deemed it so critical that he did not turn back, but called on his observer to bandage his wounds. His observer was a young Hans Ritter von Adam, who later went on to score twenty-one confirmed victories. [
Click here to see a document signed by von Schleich while he commanded Bavarian Fliegerschule Nr 1. It discusses von Adam’s abilities while still in training. It also features von Schleich’s VERY difficult-to-find signature].
Von Schleich (not yet knighted at this point) followed his flying school command with the command of Jasta 21. He was later assigned to Bavarian Jasta 32b. He received the PLM in December 1917, along with the Bavarian Knight’s Cross of the Military Max Joseph. The latter carried with it a knighthood and the title of "Ritter." He was known for fan all-black Albatros D. Va in honor of a close friend who had been shot down. Later, he flew a black Fokker D. VII that featured Bavaria’s Coat-of-Arms on either side of his airplane. [
Click here to see a reproduction of this Coat-of-Arms. It is framed and comes from a now-closed Alabama aviation museum]. He finished the war as a Hauptmann with thirty-five confirmed victories, as well as having commanded JG 4 and Jagdgruppe Nr 8.
After the war von Schleich held a number of jobs, including as a Lufthansa pilot. He joined the Nazi Party in 1931. Hermann Göring, his fellow Bavarian and WW I pilot, made room for von Schleich in the newly founded Luftwaffe and looked after him as best he could. Before the war, von Schleich served as JG 26's first commander (it became a famous WW II fighter group after von Schleich had moved on). Von Schleich’s poor health continued to bother him. His final two posts with the Luftwaffe were commanding Luftwaffe troops in Denmark and Norway. He achieved the rank of Generalleutnant and was retired for medical reasons. When WW II ended, Eduard Ritter von Schleich fell into British hands. He was held for investigation of war crimes in Denmark and Norway. Actual charges were never filed against him as it was never found that he had acted improperly. He remained in captivity until his 1947 death.
Sanke Card Nr 578
depicts him in a studio wearing his schirmütze and an overcoat with a fur collar. A 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class ribbon is in his overcoat’s buttonhole. No other decorations or badges can be seen. The postcard’s reverse reveals that it was never mailed.
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42-182 SANKE CARD Nr 363 - HAUPTMANN OSWALD BOELCKE. Oswald Boelcke was not only one of the highest-scoring WW I Imperial German aces, but the pilot who established pilot training and tactics that are still used today. His "Boelcke Dicta" lays out the tactics that still rule air-to-air combat. He and Max Immelmann were the first two German aviators to be awarded the coveted Orden Pour le Mérite (in January 1916 – Immelmann died that summer). Boelcke was the first commander of Jasta 2, which introduced a new type of organization into the Imperial German Air Service. Previously, single-seater fighter planes like the Fokker Eindecker were attached to Observation Squadrons (Feld-Flieger-Abteilungen). Jasta 2 was a purely single-seater hunting squadron, (the hunting designation derived from Jagdstaffel). They met all sorts of enemy airplanes, and were staffed by aggressive young pilots who were ready to take the battle to the enemy in a new way. One of Boelcke’s first selections was a young observation airplane pilot named Manfred von Richthofen. Under Boelcke’s tutelage, von Richthofen and many other young pilots learned to hunt down enemy planes and destroy them efficiently.
We all know that von Richthofen was credited with eighty confirmed victories, a magnificent feat. At the time of his death in October 1916, however, Boelcke already had forty kills, more than double those of his nearest challengers. Had he lived into 1917 and 1918, when Germany had much better planes, one can only guess what he might have achieved. [Also note: Boelcke was NEVER defeated in the air like von Richthofen, who was twice shot down. Instead, Boelcke was killed in a midair collision with a fellow pilot from his Jasta].
Today we are offering Sanke Card Nr 363, featuring Boelcke as a Hauptmann, his final rank. The pose shows Boelcke with his hand on his hip, (he employed the same pose as both a Leutnant and an Oberleutnant). It was also used displaying a cross after his name, indicating that he was deceased. Out of all his Sanke Cards, however, this was in use for the shortest time, since he was promoted to Hauptmann in May 1916, only five months before his death. [I have seen original photos taken without his knowledge, and he always had his hand on his hip. So this shows him as he was best remembered].
The card is in generally good condition, revealing some silver oxidation around its edges. Interestingly, its reverse shows that it was mailed as a Feldpostkarte from one soldier to another. The message dates from 17 October 1916. The Feldpost stamp is dated 18 October 1916. Oswald Boelcke died 10 days later.
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42-184 SANKE CARD Nr 580 - PRINZ FRIEDRICH SIGISMUND von PREUßEN. Prinz Friedrich Sigismund von Preußen (1891-1927) was from a lesser branch of the House of Hohenzollern. As a member of the royal house, he was appointed a Leutnant à la Suite to 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß in 1901 at the age of ten. He was promoted to Leutnant in the regiment in 1908, when he was eighteen. He also was a member of 2. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Königin Viktoria Nr 2 (the second of the "Totenkopf" regiments). His relatives, Kronprinz Wilhelm and Kaiser Wilhelm II, as well as Generalfeldmarschall August von Mackensen were more commonly associated with 1. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Nr 1. That said, von Mackensen was originally a member of 2. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Königin Viktoria Nr 2, winning the 1870 Iron Cross 2nd Class in the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War.
Prinz Friedrich Sigismund flew with Flieger-Abteilung Nr 22 during 1917-1918. He was killed in an accident in 1927, during a riding competition in Switzerland.
Sanke Card Nr 580
shows him standing outside in front of a tree. He is wearing the 2. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Königin Viktoria Nr 2's uniform, complete with his schirmütze (revealing the regiment’s Totenkopf). The Prussian Army Pilot Badge, 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class, and the1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class’s ribbon appear on his tunic (the ribbon is in its buttonhole). The postcard is in excellent condition, and was never mailed.
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38-1915 SANKE CARD Nr 507 - PLM WINNER LEUTNANT KARL EMIL SCHÄFER. Karl Emil Schäfer was one of Jasta 11's best-known pilots under Manfred von Richthofen’s command. During 1917's "Bloody April," he shot down no less then fifteen enemy airplanes. He was awarded his PLM and the Knight’s Cross of the Hohenzollern House Order on 26 April 1917. He was also transferred to Jasta 28 as its jastaführer. He was killed in action on 5 June, with a total of thirty confirmed victories. Young Schäfer is shown before his PLM award. All that is visible in his tunic’s buttonholes are the ribbons for two decorations. One is the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. The card is clean on both the front and back. $60.00

 

 

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42-106 SANKE CARD Nr 507 - PLM WINNER LEUTNANT KARL EMIL SCHÄFER. This is Sanke Card Nr 507, depicting thirty-victory-ace and PLM-winner Karl Emil Schäfer (1891-1917). Schäfer began the war as a member of Jäger-Bataillon Nr 10. He transferred to the air service and received his pilot training. He served in other squadrons, then he was personally chosen by Manfred von Richthofen for his Jasta 11 in February 1917. While a member of Jasta 11, he was awarded the PLM. In April 1917, he was transferred to Jasta 28 as its C.O. He was killed in combat during June 1917. Interestingly, he is remembered to this date as one of the primary members of the legendary Jasta 11.
This pose shows him in his uniform, complete with schirmütze. He had as yet to be awarded the PLM. The postcard was not mailed.
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38-1732 SANKE CARD Nr 507 - PLM WINNER KARL EMIL SCHÄFER. Karl Emil Schäfer was one of the most able pilots in Jasta 11 and a favorite of Manfred von Richthofen. He had thirty confirmed victories and was awarded the PLM. He was killed in action on 5 June 1917. This shows him in uniform in a studio pose. He is not wearing a PLM. $60.00

 

 

 

 

 

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42-53 SANKE CARD Nr 512 - PLM WINNER KARL EMIL SCHÄFER. This is Sanke Card Nr 512, featuring Karl Emil Schäfer. Schäfer was one of Jasta 11's early heroes, along with Manfred von Richthofen, Lothar von Richthofen, Karl Wolff, and Karl Allmenröder. Schäfer joined Jasta 11 in February 1917. Schäefer had a spectacular record. By the end of "Bloody April" 1917, he had twenty-three confirmed victories and his PLM. In late April he was transferred to Jasta 28 as its Jastaführer. He was killed in early June 1917, with a total of thirty victories. He was the first of the early Jasta 11 lads to die in combat. Only one of Jasta 11's original stars survived WW I, Lothar von Richthofen. On this Sanke Card Schäfer is standing by an airplane with only a 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class on his tunic. It has been removed from a photo album. $55.00 jbfeb17

 

 

 

 

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42-146 SANKE CARD Nr 363 - PLM WINNER HAUPTMANN OSWALD BOELCKE. If there was one man during WW I who revolutionized combat flying it was Oswald Boelcke (1891-1916). It was he who developed the concept of the Jasta. A dedicated combat squadron of single seater attack airplanes. Prior to that single seaters were disbursed among observation squadrons. Boelcke correctly felt that concentrating them n dedicated squadrons would bring concentrated force on the enemy. He also developed what would come to be known as the "Boelcke Dicta." This was a set of certain rules for fighter pilots that are used to this date by every air force in the world. Today these rules of engagement seem obvious but one must remember this was at a time that was only thirteen years removed from the first flight of an airplane. It was also at a time when just a year earlier that machine guns were mounted on an airplane instead of pilot’s shooting at one another with rifles and pistols. Boelcke would gain fame as being awarded his PLM on the same day as Max Immelmann in January 1916. With the death of Immelmann in the Summer of 1916 Boelcke became the clear-cut leader. He also began assembling his Jasta and among the men that he hand picked was a young pilot who to that point had lead an undistinguished career. His name was Leutnant Freiherr Manfred von Richthofen. Boelcke’s score continued to rise (Forty confirmed victories.) Until a fateful day in late October when he collided with one of his own pilots and was killed. It would take more than six months before his score was exceeded by von Richthofen. His legacy to the German Air Force remains strong today.  In this pose he is standing in his classic stance with a hand on his hip. His PLM is at his throat and his 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class and Prussian Army pilot badge are pinned to the left breast of his tunic. This same pose is seen for all three of the officer ranks which he held (Leutnant, Oberleutnant, and Hauptmann). On the reverse we see that this postcard came from the personal archive of Walter Zuerl. Zuerl wrote the book "Pour le Mérite Flyer" in 1938. We have offered this rare book previously and it has detailed chapters on each pilot and is profusely illustrated. $75.00

 

 

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38-1827 SANKE CARD Nr 363 PLM WINNER HAUPTMANN OSWALD BOELCKE. Oswald Boelcke was one of the greatest of the German aces. He had forty confirmed victories at the time he was killed in late-October 1916. Had he survived into 1917 when better German aircraft became available (especially into "Bloody April"), I cannot even begin to imagine what his score could have been. This card shows Boelcke in his classic pose, with his right hand on his hip. He is often seen in informal photos standing like this. The postcard has been removed from a photo album. $50.00

 

 

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43-357 PLM WINNER OSWALD BOELCKE NSFK POSTCARD MAILED DURING 1936 OLYMPICS. When I first saw this postcard, I was a little disappointed to see it was a Third Reich NSFK (National Socialist Flyers Corps) example. The Nationalsozialistisches Fliegerkorps was a pre-Luftwaffe aviation organization that used gliders and powered airplanes to advance German aviation (in spite of the Versailles Treaty). The NSFK postcards were reproduced from WW I Sanke Cards to salute Germany’s top aces. Normally, they are not as valuable as the Sanke Card.
HOWEVER, this NSFK card of Oswald Boelcke commemorates the 1936 Olympics held in Berlin. The event was a showcase for National Socialism. Germany pulled out all of the stops for it, including having the zeppelins Hindenburg and Graf Zeppelin fly over the Olympic stadium. Its reverse displays special postmarks and an Olympic stamp as was used in Dresden during August 1936. In effect, the postcard became a "First Day Cover" for the Olympics. It is in very fine condition. 
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42-76 POSTCARD - PLM WINNER HAUPTMANN OSWALD BOELCKE. This "Death" postcard shows Oswald Boelcke in his classic pose of right hand on hip. Below his image is a poem alluding to his death on 28 October 1916. This card is a period Kriegs Karte that was a remake of both a Sanke and a Gustav Liersch postcard. $15.00

 

 

 

 

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38-593 GUSTAV LIERSCH CARD Nr 7761 - PLM WINNER HAUPTMANN OSWALD BOELCKE. This is a Gustav Liersch Card Nr 7761 of Hauptmann Oswald Boelcke. It is a profile shot. The card was produced after his death in October 1916, because it shows a cross after his name. $50.00  

 

 

 

 

 

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38-594 POSTCARD - PLM WINNER HAUPTMANN OSWALD BOELCKE.  The postcard shows a photograph of Boelcke inside a wreathed frame. His name is beneath it. He is wearing his PLM. $50.00  

 

 

 

 

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38-1403 POSTCARD - PLM WINNER HAUPTMANN OSWALD BOELCKE. This is what is referred to as a "death card" of Hauptmann Oswald Boelcke. The card is trimmed in black and displays his death date (28.10.1916). Boelcke founded the Jastas, and his tactics for aerial combat are still used today. He was killed in a midair collision with another German pilot. At the time of his death he had forty confirmed victories, more than double the score of his closest rival. Along with Max Immelmann, he was the first aviator to receive the Orden Pour le Mérite in January 1916. The postcard was not mailed, but does have a message written on the reverse. $30.00

 

 

 

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38-1913 NPG CARD Nr 5613 - PLM WINNER OBERLEUTNANT MAX IMMELMANN. Oberleutnant Max Immelmann was one of Germany’s early aviation heroes. He and Oswald Boelcke were the first pilots to receive the Orden Pour le Mérite in January 1916, after they had achieved the score of eight victories. By January 1917, it took sixteen kills. Soon the prescribed number rose to twenty, and finally thirty victories for achievement of the award. Many say that the PLM was nicknamed the "Blue Max" for Immelmann. He died in June of 1916, with fifteen total victories to his credit. In this photograph he is wearing a PLM at his throat. He also wears a five-place medal bar high on his left breast. Below that is his 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class and Prussian Army Pilot Badge. The card is clean and fresh on both sides. $60.00

 

 

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42-87 NPG POSTCARD Nr 6004 - PLM WINNER OSWALD BOELCKE - MAX IMMELMANN. This postcard, NPG Postcard Nr 6004, shows the first two German pilots to be awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite in January 1916. On the left is Max Immelmann and on the right is Oswald Boelcke. Legend has it that the PLM’s popular nickname, the "Blue Max," comes from Immelmann. Neither man lived to see the dawn of 1917. Immelmann was killed in June (with seventeen confirmed victories) and Boelcke in October due a midair collision with one of his own pilots (he had forty confirmed victories). This is a "mourning card" as it is bordered in black. So, it was produced after late October 1916. It was not mailed. $55.00

 

 

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42-99 POSTCARD - PLM WINNER LEUTNANT MAX IMMELMANN. This postcard shows two images. One is of Max Immelmann. The other is of an enemy aircraft on the ground with many German ground troops surrounding it. The postcard was not mailed. $45.00

 

 

 

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38-377 NPG CARD Nr 6004 - PLM WINNERS OBERLEUTNANT MAX IMMELMANN AND HAUPTMANN OSWALD BOELCKE. This is NPG Postcard Nr 6004 of Oberleutnant Max Immelmann and Hauptmann Oswald Boelcke. This is a memorial or mourning card. The card is trimmed in black. $50.00  

 

 

 

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42-96 POSTCARD - OF PLM WINNER MAX IMMELMANN - FAMED FOKKER EINDECKER. This postcard shows a Fokker Eindecker on the ground, with an oval portrait of Max Immelmann. It was mailed as a Feldpostkarte in 1916. $50.00

 

 

 

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42-139 SANKE CARD Nr 361 OF PLM WINNER OBERLEUTNANT MAX IMMELMANN. This is a Sanke card of Oberleutnant Max Immelmann (1890-1916). He along with Oswald Boelcke were the leading aces during the period of 1915 until mid 1916. He along with Oswald Boelcke received the first PLM’s awarded to pilots in January 1916. Legend has it that the "blue Max" was named for Max Immelmann. He served in FAA 62 along with Boelcke. He was responsible for the invention of the Immelmann turn a maneuver still used today by pilots. He was killed in action in June of 1916. At the time he had seventeen confirmed victories. In this pose Immelmann is standing in a studio. He is holding his schirmütze in his hand. He has his PLM at his throat. On his left breast he has a medal bar, 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class, and a Prussian Pilot badge.  The card was not mailed. $55.00

 

 

 

 

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42-90 GUSTAV LIERSCH POSTCARD Nr 7705 - PLM WINNER MAX IMMELMANN. Max Immelmann (1890-1916), along with Oswald Boelcke, was one of the first two pilots to receive the Orden Pour le Mérite in January 1916. He was known for the "Immelmann Turn," which is still used today by combat pilots. This is a mourning card, as it shows his image bordered in black. A patriotic poem appears below him. A cross, which also indicates his death, appears to his name’s right. The postcard was mailed in 1916, a month or two after his death. $55.00

 

 

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38-1741 SANKE CARD Nr 502 - PLM WINNER ERWIN BÖHME. Erwin Böhme was one of the leading pilots of Jasta 2. Jasta 2 was commanded by Hauptmann Boelcke. Another member of the Jasta in 1916 was a young officer who had come from an Ulanen-Regiment, basic pilot training, and limited service in an observation squadron. The young pilot was none other than Manfred von Richthofen. Böhme was a PLM-winner and had twenty-four confirmed victories. He is perhaps best known as the pilot who collided with Oswald Boelcke, who then plunged to his death. Böhme ultimately commanded Jasta 2, which was renamed "Jasta Boelcke" in honor of its fallen commander. Böhme received notification of his award of the PLM. He never actually received his PLM before his death. This postcard shows him in a feldbluse with a ribbon bar, 1914 Iron Cross, and a Prussian Pilot Badge. This postcard was removed from a photo album. $55.00

 

 

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38-1832 GUSTAV LIERSCH POSTCARD Nr 7803 OF PLM WINNER LEUTNANT ALBERT DOSSENBACH. Albert Dossenbach flew with Jastas 2, 10, and 36. He received the PLM on 11 November 1916. This was actually achieved while he was a pilot of an observation plane and attached to FA 22. While serving with Jasta 36 and Jasta 10, he was the Jastaführer. He was killed in action on 3 July 1917. The postcard has been removed from a photo album. $55.00

 

 

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42-144 SANKE CARD Nr 381 - PLM WINNER WALTER HÖHNDORFF. Walter Höhndorff (1892-1917) was a PLM winning pilot who was involved in pre WW I aviation in Germany. He served in Jastas 1, 4, and 14. He achieved twelve air victories and was awarded the PLM. He was killed in September 1917 while testing a new airplane. In this pose he is standing and wearing his visor cap. His 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class and PLM are clearly seen. He is not wearing a pilot badge. This postcard was not mailed. $60.00jbJan17

 

 

 

 

 

 

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38-1738 SANKE POSTCARD Nr 381 - PLM WINNER WALTER HÖHNDORFF. Walter Höhndorff was an early winner of the PLM. His award came in July 1916. He flew in several squadrons, including Jasta 1, 14, and 14. His total tally of confirmed victories was twelve. He was killed while testing an airplane in September 1917. He is seen here wearing a feldbluse. On his tunic we see the 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class and his PLM. This postcard was removed from a photo album. $55.00

 

 

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42-50 SANKE CARD Nr 381 - PLM WINNER LEUTNANT WALTER HÖHNDORFF. This is Sanke Card Nr 381, featuring Walter Höhndorff. He served as a pilot in several squadrons and jastas. He achieved a total of twelve confirmed victories in 1916, and received the PLM in July of that year. He was killed while testing an aircraft in September 1916. On this Sanke Card he is wearing the Pour le Mérite and the 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. $55.00

 

 

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38-1742 SANKE CARD Nr 385 - PLM WINNER MAX RITTER von MULZER. Max Mulzer was an early winner of the PLM. He died while testing an airplane in September 1916. He was credited with ten victories at the time of his death. It is interesting to note that von Mulzer was the first Bavarian to become an ace. He was also the first Bavarian in WW I to receive the PLM and the Bavarian Knight’s Cross of the Military Max Joseph Order. This postcard was removed from a photo album. It has a small nick on the left side. $40.00jbfeb17

 

 

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42-128 SANKE CARD Nr 540 - OBERLEUTNANT RITTER von TUTSCHEK. This is a Sanke card of Adolf Ritter von Tutschek (1891-1918). Tutschek was a Bavarian and while serving in the Bavarian infantry in 1916 he was awarded the Bavarian Military Max Joseph Order. This was Bavaria’s highest award for bravery and included a Knighthood.  He later transferred to the Air Service and initially served in Jasta Boelcke (Jasta 2) beginning in January 1917. In April 1917 he was given the command of Jasta 12. His award of the PLM would come in August 1917. By February with the reorganization of the Air Service he was given command of JG 2. He first Jagdgeschwader (JG 1, later changed to Jagdgeschwader von Richthofen which was commanded until the end of WW I by Hermann Göring)) had been given to Manfred von Richthofen the previous Summer.  Von Tutschek would hold this command little more than a month before he was shot down and killed while flying a Fokker Dr. 1. His final tally of aircraft shot down was twenty-seven. In this photograph von Tutschek is seated in the studio. He is not yet wearing a PLM. He is wearing a ribbon bar, 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class, and his Bavarian Pilot Badge. The postcard was not mailed. $65.00

 

 

 

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42-133 SANKE CARD Nr 548 - PLM WINNER OBERLEUTNANT EDUARD RITTER von DOSTLER. This is a Sanke card of Eduard Ritter von Dostler (1892-1917). Once Dostler transferred into the Imperial German Air Service and his pilot training he was assigned to jasta 13. He later commanded Bavarian Jasta 34b. From there he was assigned to command Jasta 6 which in turn a part of JG 1 (Jastas 4, 6, 10, and 11) under the command of Manfred von Richthofen. Dostler received his PLM in August 1917. He would fall later that month with a total of twenty-six confirmed victories. Shortly after his death he was awarded the Knights Cross of the Military Max Joseph Order posthumously. This carried a Knighthood and his name was changed to Eduard Ritter von Dostler. In this pose he is standing. He has not yet been awarded the PLM. He is wearing a large ribbon bar, 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class, and a Bavarian Pilot Badge. The postcard has not been mailed. $55.00jbfeb17

 

 

 

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42-137 SANKE CARD Nr 372 - PLM WINNER LEUTNANT GUSTAV LEFFERS. This is a Sanke card of Leutnant Gustav Leffers (1895-1916). After receiving his pilot training and being posted to single seaters in FFA 32 he achieved a total of nine victories and was awarded the PLM in November 1916. He was killed in action a month later. In this studio pose Leffers is standing and wearing his schirmütze. On his tunic we see his 1914 iron Cross 1st Class and his Prussian Pilot Badge. He has yet not been awarded the PLM. The postcard was not mailed. $55.00

 

 

 

 

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42-153 SANKE CARD Nr 372 OF PLM WINNER LEUTNANT GUSTAV LEFFERS. Gustav Leffers was an early winner of the PLM. He flew with several early aviation units until he was posted to the newly created Jasta 1. He won his PLM on 5 November 1916. He was killed in action on 27 December 1916. Leffers is seen in a studio pose. He is not wearing his PLM. He is wearing the Prussian Army pilot badge, 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class, and the 1914 Friedrich August Cross 1st Class. The postcard while not mailed, does have notes on Leffers career by a German collector. $55.00

 

 

 

 

 

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38-1818 SANKE CARD Nr 372 OF PLM WINNER LEUTNANT GUSTAV LEFFERS. Gustav Leffers was an early winner of the PLM. He flew with several early aviation units until he was posted to the newly created Jasta 1. He won his PLM on 5 November 1916. He was killed in action on 27 December 1916. The postcard has been removed from a photo album. $50.00jbJan17

 

 

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38-1800 SANKE CARD Nr 426 OF PLM WINNER OBERLEUTNANT HANS BERR. Hans Berr was an early winner of the PLM. He received his award on 4 December 1916. He had a total of ten confirmed victories. He flew with Jasta 5 before he was killed on 6 April 1917. Berr is seated, wearing his PLM, 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class, and the Prussian Army Pilot Badge. The postcard has been removed from a photo album. $55.00

 

 

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42-134 SANKE CARD Nr 379 - PLM WINNER LEUTNANT MAX RITTER von MULZER. Max Ritter von Mulzer (1893-1916) was an early Bavarian ace. He served in FFA 62 along with Oswald Boelcke and Max Immelmann. He was awarded his PLM after eight victories in 1916. He was the first Bavarian to receive the PLM. He was killed in an airplane crash due to a structural failure in September 1916 with a total of ten victories. He was also knighted by Bavaria and carried the title of Max Ritter von Mulzer to his death. This pose shows him in a studio wearing a tunic similar to an ulanka. Prior to his transfer to the Air Service, he served in Chevaguler-Regiment Nr 8 who wore similar tunics. Only the ribbon for the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. He had not yet been awarded the PLM. The postcard was not mailed. $55.00jbfeb17

 

 

 

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42-135 SANKE CARD Nr 385 - PLM WINNER LEUTNANT MAX RITTER von MULZER. Max Ritter von Mulzer (1893-1916) was an early Bavarian ace. He served in FFA 62 along with Oswald Boelcke and Max Immelmann. He was awarded his PLM after eight victories in 1916. He was the first Bavarian to receive the PLM. He was killed in an airplane crash due to a structural failure in September 1916 with a total of ten victories. He was also knighted by Bavaria and carried the title of Max Ritter von Mulzer to his death. This pose shows him in a studio wearing a tunic similar to an ulanka. Prior to his transfer to the Air Service, he served in Chevaguler-Regiment Nr 8 who wore similar tunics. On his tunic he wears the PLM at his throat, the 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class and the Bavarian Pilot Badge. The postcard was not mailed. $55.00

 

 

 

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42-136 KRIEGS KARTE - Nr 385 OF PLM WINNER LEUTNANT MAX RITTER von MULZER. Max Ritter von Mulzer (1893-1916) was an early Bavarian ace. He served in FFA 62 along with Oswald Boelcke and Max Immelmann. He was awarded his PLM after eight victories in 1916. He was the first Bavarian to receive the PLM. He was killed in an airplane crash due to a structural failure in September 1916 with a total of ten victories. He was also knighted by Bavaria and carried the title of Max Ritter von Mulzer to his death. The Kriegs Karte series used Sanke cards as their basis. The quality of these cards is quite poor compared to Sanke and Liersch. This pose shows him in a studio wearing a tunic similar to an ulanka. Prior to his transfer to the Air Service, he served in Chevaguler-Regiment Nr 8 who wore similar tunics. On his tunic he wears the PLM at his throat, the 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class and the Bavarian Pilot Badge. The postcard was not mailed. $15.00

 

 

 

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42-107 SANKE CARD Nr 378 OF PLM WINNER LEUTNANT KURT WINTGENS SANKE. This is Sanke Card Nr 378 featuring PLM-winning pilot Kurt Wintgens (1894-1916). Wintgens was the 4th pilot to win the PLM after his 8th air victory. He went on to achieve nineteen victories before he was shot down and killed in September 1916. The postcard has a reproduction of his signature on its obverse. If we examine the reverse, we see that it was mailed as a Feldpostkarte by a man assigned to Flieger-Abteilung Nr 280. $60.00jbfeb17

 

 

 

 

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42- 156 SANKE CARD Nr 390 OF PLM WINNER LEUTNANT HARTMUT BALDAMUS. Hartmut Baldamus flew with both Jasta 5 and Jasta 9. He had a total of eighteen confirmed victories. He was killed in April 1917. He was very close to having the twenty victories that were required for a PLM at the time. Interestingly, he had received his eighth victory in December 1916, but the number to receive a PLM was increased. Manfred von Richthofen received his PLM at the time of his sixteenth victory in January 1917.  This postcard was not mailed. $55.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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38-1831 SANKE CARD Nr 390 OF PLM WINNER LEUTNANT HARTMUT BALDAMUS. Hartmut Baldamus flew with both Jasta 5 and Jasta 9. He had a total of eighteen confirmed victories. He was killed in April 1917. He was very close to having the twenty victories that were required for a PLM at the time. Interestingly, he had received his eighth victory in December 1916, but the number to receive a PLM was increased. Manfred von Richthofen received his PLM at the time of his sixteenth victory in January 1917. This postcard has been removed from a photo album. $50.00jbfeb17

 

 

 

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42-130 SANKE CARD Nr 371 - PLM WINNER HANS-JOACHIM BUDDECKE. Hans-Joachim Buddecke (1890-1918) was an early war winner of the PLM. He gained his fame by flying with the Turkish Air Service. At the time of his death in 1918, Buddecke had thirteen confirmed victories.  In this studio pose Buddecke is seen in the garb of a Turkish pilot including his headdress and a Turkish Pilot Badge. He is also wearing his PLM and an Iron Cross 1st Class. The postcard was not mailed. $55.00

 

 

 

 

 

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38-1407 POSTCARD PLM WINNER HAUPTMANN BUDDECKE. This is a second-generation period postcard showing PLM-winner Hauptmann Buddecke. The original was a Sanke Card (#371). It was copied during WW I and issued as a "Kriegs Karte." Buddecke is wearing a German uniform, with a Turkish headdress and a Turkish pilot’s badge. He is also wearing an Iron Cross 1st Class and a PLM at his throat. $10.00

 

 

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Non Pour le Mérite Winning Aviators

 

38-1821 SANKE CARD Nr 428 LEUTNANT HERMANN PFEIFFER. Hermann Pfeiffer flew with Jasta 9. He had a total of eleven victories. He was killed on 20 May 1917, while testing a captured enemy airplane. The postcard has been removed from a photo album. $50.00

 

 

 

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38-1824 SANKE CARD Nr 407 HAUPTMANN MARTIN ZANDER. Martin Zander flew with Jasta 1 as its commander, effective 22 August 1916. He had five total victories and was transferred to training duties in November 1916. He must have had some health problems as he died in 1925. This postcard has been removed from a photo album. $50.00jbfeb17

 

 

 

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38-1825 SANKE CARD Nr 429 OFFIZIER-STELLVERTRETER LEOPOLD REIMANN. Leopold Reimann flew with both Jasta 1 and Jasta 2. He had a total of five confirmed victories. He was killed while flying a school plane at the flight school to which he had been assigned. The postcard has been removed from a photo album. $50.00

 

 

 

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42-154 SANKE CARD Nr 422 - LEUTNANT HELMUTH HIRTH. Hellmuth Hirth (1886-1938) was an early aviation hero in Germany.  In this studio pose Hirth is seen wearing a Prussian Army pilot badge and the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class looped through the second button hole of his tunic. The postcard was not mailed. $50.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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42-114 SANKE CARD Nr 531 - LEUTNANT JOACHIM von BERTRAB. Here is Sanke Card Nr 531 featuring Leutnant Joachim von Bertrab. Von Bertrab began the war in Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr 46. (This Prussian Regiment had one Batterie manned by officers and enlisted men from Braunschweig, of which von Bertrab was a native). He then transferred to the aviation service. Von Bertrab served in Jasta 30 and shot down only five airplanes during his relatively short career. He was important and received notice from Willy Sanke, however, because he shot down four of those five airplanes on one mission. He first shot down two British bombers. Then, two British fighter planes collided while he was attacking them, and he received credit for their downing. His war ended when he was shot down by British Ace Mick Mannock (1887-1918), and became a POW. (Mannock was credited with sixty-one victories, and was awarded the Victoria Cross after his death). Von Bertrab appears in a studio pose wearing his visor cap, his Prussian Army pilot Badge, and his 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. The postcard was not mailed. $55.00 jbfeb17

 

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42-115 SANKE CARD Nr 530 - LEUTNANT JOACHIM von BERTRAB. Here is another Sanke Card, Nr 530, featuring Leutnant Joachim von Bertrab. Von Bertrab began the war in Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr 46. (This Prussian Regiment had one Batterie manned by officers and enlisted men from Braunschweig, of which von Bertrab was a native). He then transferred to the aviation service. Von Bertrab served in Jasta 30 and shot down only five airplanes during his relatively short career. He was important and received notice from Willy Sanke, however, because he shot down four of those five airplanes on one mission. He first shot down two British bombers. Then, two British fighter planes collided while he was attacking them, and he received credit for their downing. His war ended when he was shot down by British Ace Mick Mannock (1887-1918), and became a POW. (Mannock was credited with sixty-one victories, and was awarded the Victoria Cross after his death). Von Bertrab appears in a studio pose wearing his Prussian Army Pilot Badge, and 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. It was mailed as a Feldpostkarte in June 1919. $55.00

 

 

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42-116 SANKE CARD Nr 565 - LEUTNANT LEOPOLD ANSLINGER. This is Sanke Card Nr 565 depicting Leutnant Leopold Anslinger (1891-1978). Anslinger was a double ace, scoring ten victories before the war’s end. It is an interesting pose as he is standing outdoors. While his Prussian Army Pilot Badge and 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class are quite evident, he is also wearing the Knight’s Cross with Swords of the Hohenzollern House Order, and the Austrian Order of the Crown 3rd Class with Swords pinned to his tunic. It makes for a wonderful uniform study. The postcard was not mailed. $55.00 jbJan17

 

 

 

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43-314 NPG POSTCARD Nr 5566 - PILOT LEUTNANT FRANK SEYDLER. This is an NPG Postcard featuring Leutnant Frank Seydler. He was attached to the Turkish Air Service and served during the Battle of Gallipoli. While Seydler is wearing a German officer’s uniform, he sports a Turkish officer’s headdress. On his tunic is a Bavarian Army Pilot Badge, Iron Cross 1st Class and a Turkish decoration. He also wears the ribbons for the Iron Cross 2nd Class and another decoration, which may well be the Bavarian Military Merit Order 4th Class. The postcard was not mailed. $55.00

 

 

 

 

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38-1834 SANKE CARD Nr 418 LEUTNANT WILHELM FAHLBUSCH. Wilhelm Fahlbusch flew with Jasta 1. It was with them that he received all five of his confirmed victories. He was killed in action in September 1916. His card is unusual as it has a black border, so the card was produced after his death. His photo which reveals a young, boyish face, is in an oval frame. The postcard has been removed from a photo album. $50.00

 

 

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38-1802 SANKE CARD Nr 447 LEUTNANT HANS MÜLLER. Hans Müller flew in the noted Jasta 5. He had a total of nine confirmed victories. He was the leading ace of Jasta 5 at the time he received a serious wound, which ended his war. After WW I he moved first to Mexico, and then to the U.S. He died in San Antonio, TX in 1977. He is seen here wearing a 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class and Prussian Army Pilot Badge on his tunic. The postcard has been removed from a photo album. $55.00jbJan17

 

 

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38-1811 SANKE CARD Nr 388 OBERLEUTNANT GERLICH. Martin Gerlich (1892-1920) rose to the rank of Hauptmann. He was assigned to a bombing squadrons during WW I. In this pose he is seen indoors. He is wearing a 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class and a Prussian Army Observer badge.

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42-157 SANKE CARD Nr 388 OBERLEUTNANT MARTIN GERLICH. Martin Gerlich (1892-1920) rose to the rank of Hauptmann. He was assigned to a bombing squadrons during WW I. In this pose he is seen indoors. He is wearing a 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class and a Prussian Army Observer badge. This postcard was not mailed. $55.00

 

 

 

 

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42-132 SANKE CARD Nr 525 - LEUTNANT OTTO HÖHNE. This is a Sanke card of Otto Höhne (1895-1969). Höhne served in Jasta 2 under Oswald Boelcke and also in Jastas 1 and 59. He scored a total of six victories as a pilot. In WW II he rose to the rank of Generalmajor and was awarded the Knights Cross of the Iron Cross. In this photo he is shown seated. He is wearing his 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class and his Prussian Pilot Badge. I once had the pleasure of meeting Höhne’s Son and gave him a similar postcard to what we offer today.  The postcard was not mailed. $55.00

 

 

 

 

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38-1812 SANKE CARD Nr 525 LEUTNANT OTTO HÖHNE. Otto Höhne was a pilot assigned to Jastas 1, 2, and 59. He actually commanded Jasta 2 (renamed Jasta Boelcke). He had a total of six confirmed victories. He survived WW I and joined the Luftwaffe. During WW II he commanded a Bomber group and was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross. The postcard has been removed from a photo album. $50.00jbfeb17

 

 

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42-150 GUSTAV LIERSCH POSTCARD Nr 7783 - OBERLEUTNANT MAX von COSSEL. This is a Gustav Liersch Postcard Nr 7783, which features Oberleutnant Alexander von Cossel. He was an Observer and was best known for his pairing with his pilot Vizefeldwebel Rudolf Windisch. They were assigned to an observation plane. They flew a mission on the Eastern Front behind the Russian lines in which von Cossel blew up a key Russian bridge, and Windisch returned the next day to retrieve the intrepid observer. Both aviators were personally decorated by Kaiser Wilhelm II. Von Cossel received the Knight’s Cross with Swords of the Hohenzollern House Order. Windisch received the Prussian Crown Order 4th Class with Swords. [This was the latter decoration’s ONLY award to a WW I pilot. Even more remarkable, the decoration usually was awarded to officers ONLY, and Windisch was an NCO. What the Kaiser wanted, however, the Kaiser got]! This studio pose shows von Cossel wearing a Prussian Pilot badge. He is also wearing his visor cap and the ribbon for the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. The postcard was not mailed $55.00

 

 

 

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42-152 SANKE CARD Nr 424 - OBERLEUTNANT MAX von COSSEL. This is a Gustav Liersch Postcard Nr 7783, which features Oberleutnant Alexander von Cossel. He was an Observer and was best known for his pairing with his pilot Vizefeldwebel Rudolf Windisch. They were assigned to an observation plane. They flew a mission on the Eastern Front behind the Russian lines in which von Cossel blew up a key Russian bridge, and Windisch returned the next day to retrieve the intrepid observer. Both aviators were personally decorated by Kaiser Wilhelm II. Von Cossel received the Knight’s Cross with Swords of the Hohenzollern House Order. Windisch received the Prussian Crown Order 4th Class with Swords. [This was the latter decoration’s ONLY award to a WW I pilot. Even more remarkable, the decoration usually was awarded to officers ONLY, and Windisch was an NCO. What the Kaiser wanted, however, the Kaiser got]! This studio pose shows von Cossel wearing a Prussian Observer badge, 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class, and a ribbon bar. The postcard was not mailed $55.00

 

 

 

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42-159 NPG CARD Nr 5695 VIZEFELDWEBEL WAGNER. This card shows a Feldwebel Wagner. There is little information that I can find on him other than he flew in the Balkans. In this studio pose Wagner is seated wearing his schirmütze and black leather gloves. He is wearing a Prussian Army Pilot badge and the ribbon in his second button hole for the 1914 iron Cross 2nd Class. The postcard was not mailed. $45.00

 

 

 

 

 

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42-158 SANKE CARD Nr 538 VIZEFELDWEBEL SCHLEIFFER. There is little that I know about this NCO. He was a pilot in a jasta and he was shot down in 1917 and became a POW until the end of the war. In this studio pose he is seen wearing the 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class and the Prussian Army Pilot badge. His shoulder strap can also be clearly seen. The postcard was not mailed. $50.00

 

 

 

 

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42- 156 SANKE CARD Nr 390 OF LEUTNANT HARTMUT BALDAMUS. Hartmut Baldamus flew with both Jasta 5 and Jasta 9. He had a total of eighteen confirmed victories. He was killed in April 1917. He was very close to having the twenty victories that were required for a PLM at the time. Interestingly, he had received his eighth victory in December 1916, but the number to receive a PLM was increased. Manfred von Richthofen received his PLM at the time of his sixteenth victory in January 1917.  This postcard was not mailed. $55.00

 

 

 

 

 

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42-51 SANKE CARD Nr 394 - LEUTNANT ALFRED FRIEDRICH. This is Sanke Card Nr 394, featuring Leutnant Alfred Friedrich. He served in Jasta 10. He achieved twenty-one victories before his death. He had been nominated for the PLM, but was killed in action before it could be approved. On this Sanke Card, prior to his promotion, he is still wearing an NCO’s uniform. $55.00

 

 

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38-147 SANKE CARD - LEUTNANT HELLMUTH HIRTH. Here is a very early Sanke Card of pre WW I aviator Hellmuth Hirth. Hirth was a well known pre WW I aviator. This Sanke Card has no number, which I find quite unusual. $50.00

 

 

 

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16-156 PHOTO POSTCARD SHOWING POST WW I PILOTS AND PLANES. This is a post WW I photograph of several different aircraft types. The postcard photo is identified on the obverse as "Mannheim Schaufliegen Oktober 1920." Many civilians and military men are around the planes. $20.00

 

 

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38-585 "FRAULEIN FLIEGER" SANKE CARD. The Fraulein Flieger cards were a popular variation of the best-selling Sanke Cards. The example, Nr 5001/1, shows an attractive young lady garbed as a German pilot. She is wearing a leather helmet and goggles, flying coat, officer’s belt, and bayonet. $40.00  

 

 

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43-67 POSTCARD - EARLY FEMALE PILOT. This is an interesting postcard that shows an early female pilot. In the upper right corner we see that the photograph was taken at the Flugplatz at Johannistal. In the lower right corner, it mentions this is a "Fraulein Besse." She is seated in a Rumpler Taube. $15.00

 

 

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38-588 KRIEGSGETRAUT POSTCARD. This is titled "Kriegsgetraut." It is colorized and shows a flyer with his young bride. He is wearing his Feldgrau tunic with his pilot’s badge. A note on the back is dated 8 September 1917. $40.00  

 

 

 

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42-176 AVIATION POSTCARD FEATURING "THE NAKED PILOT." This is an interesting aviation-related postcard titled "Der Nackte Flieger" (The Naked Pilot). It tells an interesting story of a pilot from November 1914. In addition to the text, the card features an oval photo of a pilot in its center. An Iron Cross is superimposed over the photo’s bottom. He is flanked by an illustration of an airplane on one side, and troops on the ground with a large cannon on the other. $50.00 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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42-179 EARLY AIRMAIL POSTCARD. Germany was one of the first nations to offer airmail. They did so by issuing a special postcard. They were highly-prized by both aviation collectors and postage stamp collectors. The special route that was set up went from Mannheim to Heidelberg and returned. Its obverse features an airplane in flight with the legend below it stating "Erste Deutsche Luft=Post" (First German Air Mail). Flanking this scene are views of Mannheim and Heidelberg, along with Mannheim Heidelberg and Heidelberg Mannheim.
A message has been penned on the reverse. In the lower left corner we see that the price is twenty pfennigs for the postcard, and that it is for use in airmail. The cancelled stamp (five pfennigs) appears in the upper top right corner. The postcard was mailed in Mannheim, going to Heidelberg on 19 May 1912. [The USA did not begin airmail service until the 1920's].
This is a very attractive and historic postcard that was sent by airmail more than one hundred years ago.
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42-180 POSTCARD FEATURING ANTHONY FOKKER. This postcard shows Anthony (Tony) Fokker (1890-1939) at an airfield with a military monoplane. It is quite possibly the Fokker Eindecker. Fokker is in his flying garb: a leather helmet and goggles. He is also wearing a suit and tie! The caption of the postcard is "Fokker an seinem Militär-Flugzeug." No mention is made of who produced the postcard. The postcard was never mailed and is in excellent condition. $60.00 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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42-181 ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH OF KRONPRINZ VISITING GENERALS AND OFFICERS AT AIRFIELD. This is an original photograph that has been printed on postcard stock. The view shows the Kronprinz from behind. He is partially turned, however, and it is clearly him. Whoever mailed this wrote below him "Kronprinz." He is surrounded by numerous officers standing in front of a tent. He is speaking to a General. Another three are standing behind him.
On the reverse we see that this was mailed as a Feldpostkarte. It is written in the purple grease pencil that was so commonly seen at the front, and in most field and administrative offices. In addition to the text, we see two unit stamps. First is for Feld-Flieger Abteilung Nr 34. The second is a stamp for K.D. Feldpostamt des VI. Reservekorps. The stamp is dated 22 May 1915.
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38-175 POSTCARD - 25-YEARS OF AVIATION UNDER KAISER WILHELM II. This postcard shows Kaiser Wilhelm II, with the years 1888-1913. The sky is filled with airplanes and zeppelins.  $30.00

 

 

 

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38-1348 POSTCARD - TORPEDOBOOT AND AIRPLANE. This postcard is titled "Torpedoboots angriff mit Unterstüzung eines Wasserflugzeuges." It shows the two locked in combat. The postcard was mailed from Wilhelmshaven in 1916. $15.00

 

 

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38-1339 POSTCARD - AIR SHOW - BERLIN - 1930'S. This postcard shows a Berlin air show. Many tables are available on which the spectators may sit and watch the action. A control tower features the name Heinkel, which was a well-known airplane builder during the 1920's, 1930's, and into WW II. The postcard was mailed in 1931, but its stamp is missing. $10.00

 

 

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38-1918 COLOR AVIATION POSTCARD - POPULAR RECRUITING POSTER. This postcard comes from a well-known aviation postcard. It shows a pilot with the legend "Und Ihr? Zeichnet Kriegsanleihe." (And you? Draft [buy] War Bonds). It was an early propaganda postcard to support Germany’s War Bond efforts. $25.00

 

 

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42-58 POSTCARD - GERMAN AVIATOR. This German propaganda postcard depicts an idealized German Aviator. He strikes a heroic pose. The image is taken from a brown/yellow-toned lithograph. It reads "Und Ihr? Zeichnet Kriegsanleihe" (And You? Buy War Bonds). Obviously, it supports the German War Bond effort. $25.00

 

 

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38-121 HUMOROUS POSTCARD - COMMANDING OFFICER ERSATZ FLIEGER-ABTEILUNG Nr 5. This is an interesting postcard that is humorous in nature. It has an announcement from the commander of Ersatz Flieger-Abteilung Nr 5, a Hauptmann Naman. It shows a Feldwebel on the ground looking up in the sky. One of the pilots is above him in an airplane with a basket of food and a pair of geese hanging from the struts of the airplane. $20.00

 

 

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38-13 "HAPPY EASTER" POSTCARD - FLIEGER-ABTEILUNG Nr 43. This postcard was produced for Flieger-Abteilung Nr 43. The top of the postcard shows a German observation plane. The bottom of the card depicts two baby chicks, one of whom is just hatching out of the shell. $25.00

 

 

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38-1226 COLOR POSTCARD - TAUBE - OVER FRENCH TROOPS. This color postcard shows a Taube monoplane flying over a large group of French soldiers. Officers are observing their men trying to shoot down the airplane with their rifles. The postcard was produced from a painting, and issued under the auspices of the Deutscher Luftflotten-Verein. $20.00

 

 

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38-1195 COLOR POSTCARD - GERMAN BIPLANE FLYING OVER VILLAGE. This color postcard shows a German airplane flying over a village. A message is written on the reverse from 1916. The postcard was never actually mailed, however. The card comes from a WW I aviation series. $15.00

 

 

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38-17 COLORIZED POSTCARD - GERMAN AIRPLANE ABOVE SMALL TOWN AND COUNTRYSIDE. This colorized postcard shows a German airplane flying over a small town and the countryside. It is part of a series depicting German Aviation. $20.00

 

 

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Sanke, NPG, etc. German & Austrian Aircraft Postcards

 

 

42-177 EARLY POSTCARD SHOWING TAUBE MONOPLANE. This is a very early postcard that shows a German Taube that just shot down another monoplane. At the bottom of the postcard is "Besigt. Abstüzendes feindlisches Flugzeug." This is a drawing or painting. The artist’s name is noted along with "A526," the postcard number. The firm’s name is below it.
On the reverse we see that this is a Feldpostkarte. It was mailed through the military post system on 21 November 1917. The postcard is written in the purple grease pencil that was often used at the front. The postcard has two unit and Feldpostkarte stamps applied to it.
$30.00 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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42-165 SANKE CARD Nr 1044 - ALBATROS OBSERVATION PLANE. This is Sanke Card Nr 1044, which shows an Albatros two-seat observation biplane. It is most likely an Albatros C. III, which was an aircraft that was highly used by German observation squadrons. It is also interesting to note that Willy Sanke introduced a line of postcards highlighting the many airplanes flown by the heroes on his pilot and observer postcards.
This postcard was not mailed.
$50.00

 

 

 

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42-88 NPG POSTCARD Nr 167 - SEAPLANE - WHEELED OUT - WATER. This postcard shows a seaplane, which has wheels under it, being wheeled out of the water. Three enlisted sailors can be seen manhandling the airplane out of the water. On the reverse we can see that it was mailed in October 1917. $50.00

 

 

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42-92 SANKE CARD Nr 1009 - GOTHA OBSERVATION PLANE. This postcard, Nr 1009 in the Sanke series, shows a Gotha Observation Plane as it sits on the ground. It was mailed as a Feldpostkarte in 1915 from Gotha. $50.00

 

 

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38-847 SANKE CARD - RUMPLER SEAPLANE. This is a very early Sanke Card, showing a Rumpler Seaplane. This is well before WW I. At that time, the well known, Berlin postcard-maker was not numbering his postcards. $50.00  

 

 

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38-2076 POSTCARD - VARIOUS AIRPLANES -TARMAC - 1930'S. This postcard shows a variety of one and two-engine airplanes at Berlin’s airport (Templehof). Stamped on the reverse is "Junkers LVAG." $15.00

 

 

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38-1932 COLOR POSTCARD - TWO GERMAN AIRPLANES - IN FLIGHT. This color postcard shows two German airplanes flying over snowy ground. $20.00

 

 

 

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38-1933 COLOR POSTCARD - GERMAN SEAPLANES - GERMAN FLEET. This color postcard shows two seaplanes flying low over the German fleet. $20.00

 

 

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38-1934 POSTCARD - CRASHED AIRPLANE - NAVY SAILORS. This is one of those postcards where you need to put on your detective cap to enjoy all it has to offer. At first glance, it looks like a common airplane crash, which is true enough. Then one spots six sailors in the crowd. Four of them are wearing armbands of some sort. This leads me to think that perhaps he was a Navy pilot and the crash was fatal. The incident’s date, 1912, is at the bottom. Civil police officers are also in the crowd. It’s a fine postcard, with a lot of personality. $20.00

 

 

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38-16 PREWAR COLORIZED POSTCARD - WÜRTTEMBERG FLYING CLUB AIRFIELD AND HANGER. This is a pre WW I colorized postcard showing an airfield and hanger for the Württemberg Flying Sports Club. $20.00  

 

 

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38-1507 SANKE CARD Nr 1040- GERMAN BOMBER. This is Sanke Card Nr 1040. It shows a large German bomber being readied for a flight to England. It was mailed in December 1918, about a month after the war ended. $40.00

 

 

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38-1508 POSTCARD - GERMAN AND FRENCH AIRPLANES OVER BATTLEFIELD. This is a wonderful example of a propaganda postcard. It shows a German airplane (Taube) flying over a battlefield. As it flies, a French plane flies nearby and a French observer blazes away with a rifle. The battle rages on the battlefield. On the reverse is a likeness of Kaiser Wilhelm II while a cannon fires the words to the German national anthem into the air! This is great early-war stuff to buck up the German civilians. By 1918, the harsh reality of war made this type of propaganda meaningless. $20.00

 

 

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42-67 COLOR POSTCARD - GERMAN AIRPLANES - FRONT. This color postcard shows an observation plane and a single-seater flying over the front. It comes from a painting by Professor Hans Rudolf Schulze. A large number of postcards similar to it were produced from paintings by Schulze and issued for the Deutscher Luftflotten=Verein’s benefit. $20.00

 

 

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42-25 COLOR POSTCARD - EARLY ALBATROS BIPLANE. This color postcard shows an Albatros biplane in flight. It is reproduced from a painting. A very faint, penciled note on the obverse dates it to 1912. It is titled "Albert Rupp auf Albatros-Doppeldecker," (Albert Rupp on Albatros Double-decker). $20.00

 

 

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38-1101 COLOR POSTCARD - FOKKER EINDECKER AND GERMAN BIPLANE. This color postcard shows a Fokker Eindecker flying near a German biplane. The postcard was a part of a series issued by the "Deutscher Luftflotten Verien." $20.00

 

 

 

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38-1102 COLOR POSTCARD - GERMAN MONOPLANE FLYING OVER GERMAN REGIMENT. This is a prewar or very early war depiction of a German regiment drawn up in a meadow. The band is in the foreground and the regiment’s troops are to their left. Flying overhead is a German monoplane, possibly a Taube. This was mailed as a Feldpostkarte in 1914. $20.00

 

 

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16-114 THREE AVIATION COLOR POSTCARDS. This is a group of three colorized postcards that were reproduced from original paintings. They were sold to benefit the Deutscher Luftflotten=Verien. I have sold these in the past for $30-35.00 each. All are quite attractive and display very well. $80.00. .

 

 

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16-122 MIXED LOT OF FIVE PRE AND POST WW I POSTCARDS. This is a lot of five pre and post WW I aviation postcards. The photos include:

 

1913 Aviatek Eindecker that has been colorized.

Grade Eindecker that has been colorized.

1910 photo of Felix Laitsch who was a well-known pre WW I aviator in an unidentified "pusher" aircraft.

Gliding was popular in post WW I Germany partially due to the requirements of the Treaty of Versailles and the slow recovery of the German economy. This photo shows the glider in flight. Information is included on the reverse.

Another image of this same glider on the ground. Information on the reverse here as well.

A fine grouping of pre and post WW I aviation in Germany. $60.00. .

 

 

 

38-1509 POSTCARD - GERMAN TAUBE UNDER FIRE. This postcard shows a German Taube in flight being fired at from the trenches by French infantry. The postcard was produced by the Deutscher Luftflotten-Verien. It was mailed as a Feldpostkarte from a Bavarian artillery regiment. $20.00

 

 

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38-1510 POSTCARD - PFALZ AIRCRAFT FACTORY - WALTER EVERBUSCH. This postcard probably was produced as a marketing tool by the Pfalz aircraft factory. It shows a young Walter Everbusch sitting in the plane. He was a co-owner of the Pfalz firm and its chief test pilot. He was killed while testing a plane in 1916. Please note: this is an early-war "pusher" style aircraft. The engine and propeller are behind the pilot. $20.00

 

 

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42-57 POSTCARD - CAPTURED GERMAN AIRPLANE. This French postcard shows a captured German airplane. Its wings have been removed. It is loaded on a trailer that is pulled by a cart. The plane is a single-seater, perhaps an Albatros D. III. The caption reads "CAPTURE - Avion allemand abattu au front occidental britannique" (German plane shot down on the British Western Front). $20.00

 

 

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38-499 POSTCARD - BIPLANE FLYING OVER COUNTRYSIDE - HAMMELBURG. This is a postcard that shows a biplane flying over the countryside near Hammelburg in Germany. Various landmarks are noted from around Hammelburg, including the military base. The reverse shows this was a Feldpostkarte mailed from Hammelburg in 1915. It bears the unit stamp of a Machine Gun Kompagnie. $10.00  

 

 

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38-1122 SANKE CARD Nr 319 - AGO SEAPLANE. This is Sanke Card Nr 319. It shows an Ago seaplane afloat in the water. If you look carefully, you can see a pilot and another man lying on the aircraft’s floats! A message is written on the card’s reverse. From the handwriting’s style, it appears it was sent by a young boy. $50.00

 

 

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38-1123 EARLY SANKE CARD - RUMPLER-DOPPELDECKER IN FLIGHT. This is a very early Sanke Card depicting a Rumpler biplane in flight. The shot shows the aircraft from below. It is an early Sanke Card, so it is not numbered. It is clearly marked, however, as a Sanke on its reverse. Some writing appears on the obverse’s edges. The reverse reveals it was mailed as a Feldpostkarte from a bomber wing Staffel (squadron). The card was mailed in 1916 from Gotha! $60.00

 

 

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42-85 POSTCARD - FOKKER SILBER-MÖWE. Anthony Fokker continued to design and build airplanes after WW I ended. He returned to the Netherlands and even built airplanes in the U.S. In 1925, the Fokker F VII. began production. It was a wooden airliner that had three motors (The Fokker Tri Motor and the Ford Tri Motor airplanes were famous in the 1920's) and carried 8-12 passengers. The crash of a Fokker airliner in 1931 (a TWA flight) caused the death of famous Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne. This postcard shows a Fokker Tri Motor that was known at the "Silber Möwe" (Silver Seagull). The postcard has never been mailed. $20.00

 

 

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38-1980 COLOR POSTCARD - GERMAN OBSERVATION PLANE - GERMAN CAVALRY REGIMENT. This is a color postcard that comes from a painting. The action shows a German airplane flying over a cavalry squadron. $20.00

 

 

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38-1985 COLOR AUSTRIAN POSTCARD - SEAPLANE ASSISTING CRASHED AIRPLANE. This color postcard shows an Austrian Seaplane helping the crew of another Austrian plane that is sinking in the water. If you look closely, you can see some water splashes near them. An enemy warship is firing on them from a distance. The postcard was mailed as a Feldpostkarte from a man in an Austrian artillery regiment. $20.00

 

 

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38-1987 COLOR AUSTRIAN POSTCARD - SEAPLANE - AIR. This is an Austrian color postcard that shows an Austrian Seaplane flying over some vessels near a costal area. $20.00

 

 

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42-83 POSTCARD - AIRPLANE - CRASHED - OCEAN. This postcard shows an airplane which has crashed in the ocean and is sinking. To the airplane’s left, we see a small boat. In the upper left corner is the legend "Seenot" (Sea Emergency). The postcard was never mailed. $10.00

 

 

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38-1096 POSTCARD - SEVERAL MONOPLANES. This postcard comes from a very stylized charcoal sketch. Four assorted monoplanes appear. The one in the foreground has sustained heavy damage. It spouts flame and smoke as it spirals toward the ground. The pilot has fallen out of the cockpit. The postcard was issued by the Deutscher Luftflotten Verien as a fund-raiser. $20.00

 

 

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42-56 POSTCARD - SEAPLANE. This postcard shows a German seaplane in flight. The caption reads "Wasserflugzeug beim Aufklärungsdienst" (Seaplane from the Intelligence Service). $20.00

 

 

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42-13 POSTCARD - GERMAN ISLAND - HELGOLAND - SEAPLANES. This postcard shows the island of Helgoland. A number of ships are just offshore. Two seaplanes are flying toward the camera. The caption states "Helgoland mit Kriegshafen" (Helgoland with War-Harbor). $20.00

 

 

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38-1989 COLOR POSTCARD - AUSTRIAN LUFTFLOTTE. This is a color postcard that shows an Austrian airplane and zeppelin flying over the castle of Erzherzog Carl (later, Kaiser Carl). A message is written on the reverse. $20.00

 

 

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42-121 POSTCARD SHOWS MACHINE GUN READY FOR ACTION AGAINST AIRPLANES. This postcard shows a machine gun manned and ready to combat enemy airplanes. Its obverse identifies the weapon as a part of Maschinen Gewehr Nr 7. It is mounted on a circular base that allowed it to be turned in any direction. No message is written on the reverse. $20.00

 

 

 

 

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38-1111 COLOR POSTCARD - GERMAN TROOPS SHOOTING DOWN ENEMY AIRPLANE. This postcard comes from a color painting. It shows a large number of German troops in a trench. They are wearing pickelhauben and blazing away with rifles and a machine gun at an enemy airplane. They have hit it and it is plunging to the ground. This was mailed as a Feldpostkarte from a Württemberg Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment. $20.00

 

 

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42-77 POSTCARD - GERMAN WAGON - WRECKAGE -AIRPLANE. This postcard shows a wagon loaded with the wreckage of an airplane. $15.00

 

 

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38-1924 SILHOUETTE POSTCARD - PILOTS - CREW AROUND AIRPLANE. I have never seen anything quite like this. It is a silhouette postcard that shows a German pilot sitting atop his airplane. He is gesturing to another pilot and two crew members, who are standing on the ground. It is a very effective way of showing the aircraft and men. It was mailed in 1918. $25.00

 

 

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42-07 POSTCARD - AIRPLANE FLYING OVER HOTEL - RESTAURANT. This postcard shows a naval seaplane flying over a German restaurant and hotel located by the water. $20.00

 

 

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38-960 POSTCARD - POST WW I BÜCKER-JUNGMANN AIRPLANE. Even after the end of WW I and the initial harshness of the Treaty of Versailles, the German aviation industry produced several interesting airplanes. Here we see a Bücker-Junglamm, which was a biplane. $10.00

 

 

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38-961 POSTCARD - POST WW I HEINKEL-KADET TRAINING PLANE. This postcard shows a Heinkel-Kadet. It was a biplane that was used as a training airplane for military pilots in the late 1920's or early 1930's. $10.00

 

 

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42-34 THIRD REICH LUFTWAFFE - POSTCARD. This is a Third Reich era aviation postcard. It shows the Luftwaffe in the early days. We see a flight of training airplanes. It features a song with words that became the Luftwaffe’s anthem during WW II. It is titled "Wir fahren gegen Engeland!" $20.00

 

 

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42-28 COLOR POSTCARD - CONTINENTAL AVIATION. This color postcard shows a German airplane flying low over a German supply wagon. $15.00

 

 

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American, British, French, Russian & Italian Airplanes/Aviators

 

 

42-178 SANKE CARD OF BRITISH SOPWITH TRIPLANE. This is a Sanke Card that shows a captured British Sopwith Triplane [The Germans weren’t the only ones to try a Triplane]. Sopwith, who also built the excellent Sopwith Camel designed this airplane. The obverse shows a Sopwith on the ground after having been captured. Two German ground crewmen are moving the airplane. The legend on the obverse is "Erbeuteter Englischer Sopwith-Dreidecker."
Interestingly, it features NO card number or mention of Sanke on the obverse. We only see mention of his firm’s name on the reverse. No writing appears on the reverse. The card is in excellent condition.
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38-1506 ENGLISH COLOR POSTCARD - SEAPLANE. This color postcard features a seaplane. The postcard was produced in London. The card is labeled on the obverse "Seaplane With Twin Floats." $20.00

 

 

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42-70 COLOR POSTCARD - BRITISH AIRPLANE - ATTACK. This color postcard shows a British airplane swooping down on the enemy. It is taken from a painting by C. R. W. Nevinson. On the reverse we see that it was produced for the benefit of the YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association). The first YMCA was founded in London during 1844. $15.00

 

 

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38-1512 FRENCH LE BRÉGUET XVII C. 2. This postcard shows a French two-seater observation plane, the Le Bréguet Type XVII C. 2. A message is written on the reverse. As was the French custom, the postage stamp is seen on the obverse. It appears that this was mailed in 1915. $20.00

 

 

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42-60 HIGH-QUALITY "OILETTE" POSTCARD - BRITISH AIRPLANE. Raphael Tuck & Sons were major postcard publishers. Raphael and his wife emigrated from Germany to London, England and started selling pictures and frames in 1866. Raphael was joined by his three sons in 1871, when they published their first Christmas greeting card. In 1893 they were granted a Royal Warrant by Queen Victoria. Their first series of numbered postcards was printed in 1898, a set of 12 lithographed vignette views of London. Their cards were mostly printed in England, Saxony, and Holland, while their designs usually came from local artists at their international branches. "Oilette" was a trade name used by Raphael Tuck to describe postcards reproduced from original paintings. The firm introduced the "Oilette" Series in 1903. They were organized in sets, with all cards in the same set having the same number, and issued at the same time. "Oilette" post cards are eagerly sought by collectors and specialists today. Collections with more than 6,000 different 0ilettes exist, although at least 12,000 to 15,000 "Oilette" cards were printed, each with a different subject. Unfortunately, like many other postcard printers and manufacturers of their time, Raphael Tuck & Sons’ history, records, original paintings and postcards were destroyed during World War II’s bombing blitz of London. The firm continued after the war. It was bought and sold several times, but never returned to its pre WW II glory. This engaging postcard depicts a British twin-engined "Caudron" airplane in the sky against fluffy white clouds. The reverse’s identification reads "A Caudron "battleplane" is about to disappear into a large cloud. This type of machine has been used very largely as a photographic reconnaissance and bomb-dropping aeroplane. It has two rotary air-cooled engines, and the wings are of the usual Caudron construction, with flexible trailing edge." The card is identified as Raphael Tuck & Sons’ "OILETTE" Postcard No. 3230 from "IN THE AIR" Series IV. $30.00

 

 

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42-30 POSTCARD - FRENCH AIRPLANE - TAUBE. This postcard shows a French airplane that is shooting down a German Taube. $15.00

 

 

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42-32 FRENCH POSTCARD - ENGLISH AIRPLANE - GERMAN ULANENS. This postcard shows an English airplane escaping from German cavalry. It appears that the airplane has landed to rescue one of the aviators. The mounted Germans are firing rifles at the escaping airplane. This is a French postcard that was mailed from France. $15.00

 

 

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42-38 COLOR POSTCARD - FRENCH AIRPLANE - FRENCH NAVY - FRENCH ARMY - BATTLE. This postcard shows a French airplane flying the French National Flag and leading the French Army into battle. In the background is the French Fleet. The postcard was mailed from France. $15.00

 

 

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42-39 COLOR POSTCARD - FRENCH AIRPLANE - FRENCH ARMY - BATTLE. This is a wonderful French propaganda postcard. It shows a French airplane leading the French Army into battle. In the upper left corner, a mounted Napoleon looks on. I guess in some ways there was not a lot of change from 1815 to 1915, with a stop for the 1870 War in between. A message is written on the reverse. $15.00

 

 

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42-40 TWO FRENCH CHILDREN - AIRPLANE. This color postcard shows two young French children riding on an airplane. The postcard was mailed in France in 1915. $15.00

 

 

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42-17 COLOR POSTCARD - FRENCH TROOPS - AIRPLANES - AIRFIELD. This color postcard was produced in the USA. It shows French soldiers standing in front of their planes. The caption is "A detachment of the French aviation corps." $20.00

 

 

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42-19 COLOR POSTCARD - SQUADRON - ENGLISH PLANES. This postcard, which is in color, shows a squadron of English planes returning home from a raid. The postcard sports the RFC’s Coat-of-Arms on the reverse. (The Royal Flying Corps was renamed the Royal Air Force, its current name, late in WW II). $20.00

 

 

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38-959 POSTCARD - FRENCH SEAPLANE - HOISTED ON SHIP. This postcard shows a French seaplane being hoisted aboard a ship. I cannot tell if it is a German or a French ship. The postcard is definitely German, from the period circa 1916. $10.00

 

 

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38-962 VIEW - AIRPLANE FLYING OVER MEUSE NEAR VERDUN. This postcard shows a biplane flying over the River Meuse, near the French city of Verdun. $10.00

 

 

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42-55 POSTCARD - ENGLISH MONOPLANE - GERMAN MUSEUM. This postcard shows a German museum. It has a British monoplane hanging from the ceiling. Other accouterments are in the hall. A message is written on the reverse. Written commentary is around the obverse, as well. It is postmarked 12.10.1916. $15.00

 

 

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38-1098 POSTCARD - FRENCH CAUDRON BOMBER - FRENCH MUSEUM. This postcard shows a French Caudron bomber on display at an outdoor French museum. It is during the period of 1914 through 1917. $20.00

 

 

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38-1099 POSTCARD - FRENCH AIRPLANE FLYING OVER FRENCH TROOPS. This postcard comes from a charcoal sketch. It depicts a French airplane flying over charging French troops. $20.00

 

 

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38-1104 POSTCARD - FRENCH MONOPLANE - HANGER. This postcard shows a French monoplane in a hanger. Several officers and men are gathered around it. A message is written on the reverse, but it was not mailed. $20.00

 

 

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38-1105 POSTCARD - EARLY WAR FRENCH MONOPLANE. This is a postcard of an early war French monoplane. The pilot is either entering or exiting the cockpit. Five men on bicycles are gathered around the aircraft. $20.00

 

 

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38-1979 POSTCARD - GERMAN TAUBE - FRENCH MUSEUM. This postcard shows a German Taube on display in the courtyard of a French museum. $15.00

 

 

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42-84 COLOR AVIATION-RELATED PROPAGANDA POSTCARD. This is a color propaganda postcard from Great Britain. It shows a dog chasing a panic-stricken duck in flight. The caption reads "The Pup: "I didn't know it was a Taube!" The postcard was not mailed. $15.00

 

 

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42-01 USA - FRENCH TROOPS - CRASHED AIRPLANE. This postcard has two views of a crashed aircraft. The event has just taken place, as smoke is coming from the ruined airplane. Also in the two views are U.S. and French troops and some civilians. $20.00

 

 

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42-04 COLOR POSTCARD - AIRPLANE OVER CITY. This postcard shows a caricature of King Albert of Belgium flying an airplane over a city. Hanging to the airplane’s tail is a chained Belgian Congo native holding the King’s hat. It is something of a slam against Belgium’s treatment of the Congolese, which bordered on genocide. $20.00

 

 

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42-06 COLOR POSTCARD - FRENCH 4. ARMEE - AIRPLANES. This color postcard shows soldiers of the French 4. Armée and airplanes in the air. A message is written on the reverse. The postcard was mailed. $20.00

 

 

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42-08 COLOR POSTCARD - FRENCH MOTHER - CHILDREN - GERMAN AIRPLANES - ZEPPELINS. This French color postcard shows a mother and her children near Paris jeering as French airplanes and German zeppelins fight overhead. The caption reads "Ah la Barbe les Sales Boches" (Beard the Dirty Krauts). $20.00

 

 

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42-10 COLOR POSTCARD - MOTHER - CHILDREN - FATHER CHRISTMAS. In this postcard, a French mother and her two children are seen on Christmas day. The children are playing with some of their presents, while Father Christmas offers another. He points to French cavalry and airplanes above in the sky, being urged on by Marianne, the symbol of French freedom. A message in French is written on the reverse. $20.00

 

 

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38-1200 POSTCARD - FRENCH SEAPLANE - SURF. This is a German-produced postcard that shows a French Seaplane in the surf. One man is in the cockpit. Another is in the water as the airplane is turned toward the sea. The postcard was mailed in 1917 as a Feldpostkarte. $15.00

 

 

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38-1994 COLOR BRITISH POSTCARD - WARTIME HUMOR. Even in wartime, humor is necessary, as this color postcard shows. A large woman is hitching a ride on the tail assembly of an airplane. It was actually mailed after the war, in 1919. $15.00

 

 

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43-63 COLOR POSTCARD - FRENCH AIRPLANE FLYING - SOLDIER - GIRL. This is a color postcard which shows a French aviator in a biplane with the French tricolor attached. He flies over a young French soldier holding his rifle with his girl. Below them is the phrase "Les Oiseaux de France." (The birds of France). A small bend affects the upper right corner. A message is written on the reverse. $12.00

 

 

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38-1997 COLOR POSTCARD - WARTIME FRENCH HUMOR. This color postcard depicts French humor during the war regarding airplanes. $15.00

 

 

 

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38-1998 POSTCARD - "PRAYER" - ENGLISH PILOT. This postcard is a British pilot’s prayer for his aircrew. $15.00

 

 

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38-1201 POSTCARD - TWO U.S. SEAPLANES. This postcard shows a pair of U.S. Seaplanes. One is in the water, and the other is overhead. The caption on the right upper side is "No 194 Hydroplanes Atlantic City, N.J." The postcard was mailed in 1920 from Atlantic City, less than two years from WW I’s end. $15.00

 

 

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38-1192 POSTCARD - CAPTURED BRITISH VICKERS AIRPLANE. This postcard shows a British airplane that has been captured by German forces. It is identified as a Vickers. An engine has been removed from the airplane. The cover has been removed so one can actually see the engine. Part of the propeller is still attached. $15.00

 

 

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38-1193 POSTCARD - CAPTURED GERMAN AIRPLANE. This photograph shows a German airplane that has been captured by the British. The plane’s body has been set on a cart. Both wings are missing. The plane is a single-seater. Several smiling British officers and men are standing around the aircraft. One of the blighters is actually sitting in the plane! $20.00

 

 

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38-1920 COLOR POSTCARD - ROYAL NAVY AIR SERVICE. This is a full-color postcard of Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) officers. In the foreground, two officers are looking at a map. One of them is in flying gear. In the background, are two more officers, a seaplane on takeoff, and a ship cruising. $20.00

 

 

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38-1923 COLOR POSTCARD - GERMAN - BRITISH PLANES - DOGFIGHT. This is a color postcard that was produced in England. It shows one British and two German airplanes. Both of the German machines are VERY red. The postcard’s reverse titles the action "A Battle in the Blue." Below that is "The upper machine is doing the "Immelmann Turn." $20.00

 

 

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38-1328 POSTCARD - SEAPLANES - FRENCH HARBOR. This postcard shows approximately ten French seaplanes at anchor in a harbor. On the reverse we see that the postcard was mailed as Feldpostkarte from a Bavarian Machine Gun Kompagnie in 1916. $12.00

 

 

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38-1925 POSTCARD - FRENCH PILOT - DEAD CREW - GERMAN OBSERVATION PLANE. This is an interesting postcard from a charcoal sketch. It shows a French pilot standing in front of his airplane. He is saluting a dead German pilot and observer lying in front of their burning airplane. $20.00

 

 

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38-1927 COLOR POSTCARD - TWO AIRPLANES - AERIAL COMBAT. This is a color postcard showing a German airplane in flames, having been shot down by a British or French airplane. It was mailed in Belgium on 19 July 1923. $20.00

 

 

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38-1929 POSTCARD - CRASHED GERMAN BOMBER. This postcard shows a German bomber that has crashed. Laid out in front is a machine gun and bombs. A civilian looks on. $15.00

 

 

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38-2004 POSTCARD - MAN SEATED - SEAPLANE. This postcard shows a Seaplane with a civilian sitting in it. It is in a hanger. $15.00

 

 

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38-1342 COLOR POSTCARD - BRITISH FLYING BOATS. This color postcard shows a British Flying Boat landing on the water, with another circling in behind it. A ship can be seen steaming in the background. The postcard’s reverse indicates that it was produced to raise funds for the British war effort. $20.00

 

 

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38-1343 COLOR POSTCARD - BRITISH AIRPLANE. This color postcard shows a British airplane flying over the countryside. In the lower left is the simple legend, "Climbing." $20.00

 

 

 

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38-1344 POSTCARD - AIR SHOW PRIOR TO WW I. This postcard shows an air show that took place before WW I. Seven airplanes are in the air and a large crowd of spectators is watching from the ground. A message is written on the reverse. The postcard was mailed in 1911. $15.00

 

 

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Zeppelin

 

42-62 POSTCARD - FERDINAND GRAF von ZEPPELIN - ZEPPELIN-ECKNER SPENDE. This postcard is of Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin (1838-1917). The originator of airships in Germany, Graf von Zeppelin founded the company that bore his name. The obverse of the postcard sports a reproduction of his signature. The reverse shows that the postcard is for the benefit of the Zeppelin-Eckner Spende, which helped raise money for the company’s further efforts. $25.00

 

 

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21-248 COLOR POSTCARD - TOWED EARLY ZEPPELIN - LAKE KONSTANZ - FRIEDRICHSHAFEN. This is a special commemorative postcard for the LZ 1, which was first launched in 1900. The airship was built and flown from Lake Konstanz at Friedrichshafen. The color postcard was specifically designed and mailed with special cancellations by the Deutsche Post on 5 August 1983. It commemorates the 75th anniversary (1908-1983) of Friedrichshafen’s Zeppelin Museum. $30.00

 

 

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42-64 COLOR POSTCARD - ZEPPELIN L 10 - SCHWABEN. This is a modern-day color postcard of the LZ 10 Schwaben. The photo dates from the period of 1911-1912, although it has been recently reproduced in Germany. The postcard’s reverse lists some of the zeppelin’s statistics. $3.00

 

 

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42-73 POSTCARD - GRIEVING FAMILY - DEATH - ZEPPELIN BOMBING. In this postcard we see a French family grieving for their family member, who has died in a hospital. A sheet has just been pulled over the deceased as a doctor and nurse look on somberly. Since it is a father and daughter who are mourning, it implies the zeppelin’s victim was their wife/mother. The French postcard is entitled "Triomphe de Zeppelin" (the zeppelin’s triumph). $15.00

 

 

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38-2073 POSTCARD - GRAF ZEPPELIN - FRIEDRICHSHAFEN. This postcards shows the LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin over the lake at Friedrichshafen. $20.00

 

 

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42-15 POSTCARD - YOUNG FRENCH GIRL - ZEPPELIN. This postcard shows a young French girl looking up at a zeppelin in the sky. She is saying "Zeppelintu ne, me fais pas peur!" (Zeppelin, you do not scare me!). A French message is written on the reverse, but the postcard was not mailed. $20.00

 

 

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38-204 POSTCARD - ZEPPELIN MUSEUM - FRIEDRICHSHAFEN. This is a modern-day postcard that comes from the Zeppelin Museum in Friedrichshafen. The subject of the photograph is the Hindenburg’s (LZ 129) frame under construction. The Zeppelin Museum is built very close to the site where the ORIGINAL Zeppelins were built. If you are ever in that part of Germany, I highly recommend the museum. They have wonderful displays, including full-sized mockups of sleeping compartments and the passengers’ lounge from the Hindenburg. $2.00

 

 

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38-155 LZ 127 "GRAF ZEPPELIN" ON GROUND - SOUTH AMERICA. This postcard shows the LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin on the ground in South America. A description of a voyage to Paraguay in September 1934 is on the reverse. Below that description are reproduction stampings of those made by rubber stamps for the voyage in Paraguay and for Lufthansa service to Brazil. This is a very well made postcard.  $25.00

 

 

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42-26 COLOR POSTCARD - ITALIAN PROPAGANDA - ZEPPELIN. This is an Italian propaganda postcard showing civilians and a zeppelin. A message is written on the reverse, and it was mailed in 1917. $20.00

 

 

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42-31 COLOR POSTCARD - ENGLISH AIRSHIP. This color postcard shows an English airship flying on patrol over some English airplanes. $20.00

 

 

 

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43-66 POSTCARD - ZEPPELIN FLYING OVER FRENCH BOY. This postcard shows a young French boy who is perhaps three or four-years-old. He is holding a pipe in his mouth. He is looking up in the air at a zeppelin flying overhead. Over his head is a caption that states in French "Un loustic qui n‘en a pas peur. (A chap who was not afraid). $15.00

 

 

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38-1124 POSTCARD - GRAF ZEPPELIN LZ-127 - MOORING STATION. This postcard shows the Graf Zeppelin at her mooring station on the ground. The photo shows the LZ-127 as she looked before mandatory swastikas were placed on her rudders. In the upper left corner is a small box with Dr. Hugo Eckner’s photo. He was the Zeppelin Company’s chief. The postcard was produced by Hoffmann, a leading German postcard maker during the 1930's and 1940's. $25.00

 

 

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38-180 POSTCARD - GRAF ZEPPELIN. This black and white postcard shows the Graf Zeppelin (LZ-127) coming in from Lake Konstanz over Friedrichshafen. On the reverse we see a rubber stamp that indicates the postcard flew on the Graf Zeppelin. While the postmark is very faint, it appears to be from 1933, before the swastika was affixed to the rudders. $40.00

 

 

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38-256 BLACK AND WHITE POSTCARD - GRAF FERDINAND von ZEPPELIN. This postcard shows a likeness of Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin in the foreground. In the background is a veritable fleet of his namesake airships. $20.00  

 

 

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38-266 OVERSIZED POSTCARD - GRAF ZEPPELIN OVER BERLIN - 1928. This is a modern-day reprint from a German museum. It shows the Graf Zeppelin flying over Berlin in 1928. $2.00  

 

 

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38-181 POSTCARD - GRAF ZEPPELIN. This is a black and white postcard of the Graf Zeppelin leaving Friedrichshafen and going over Lake Konstanz. The date stamp on the reverse is from 1930, well before the Third Reich took over Germany, and the Graf Zeppelin and the Hindenburg flew with swastikas. $25.00

 

 

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38-182 POSTCARD - GRAF ZEPPELIN. This is a black and white postcard of the Graf Zeppelin flying over Stralsund in 1931. $25.00

 

 

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38-1314 COLOR POSTCARD - BALLOONS. This postcard shows a number of balloons at what appears to be a testing ground. A large crowd of military and civilians is looking on. $20.00

 

 

 

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38-1936 POSTCARD - AIRSHIP - GRAF ZEPPELIN. This postcard shows the airship Graf Zeppelin on the ground. She is embarking passengers for a voyage. $20.00

 

 

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38-1937 POSTCARD - AIRSHIP - GRAF ZEPPELIN - IN-FLIGHT. This postcard shows the Graf Zeppelin in flight over Friedrichshafen. A hanger can be seen below. $20.00

 

 

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38-1938 POSTCARD - GRAF ZEPPELIN - EARLY ZEPPELIN. This postcard shows Graf Zeppelin and one of his early zeppelins, the S. M. Z. I., over Munich. $20.00

 

 

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38-153 VIEW OF BARCELONA FROM LZ 127 "GRAF ZEPPELIN." This postcard was produced under the auspices of the Zeppelin Company. An aerial view of the Cathedral of Barcelona in Spain is on the obverse. A description of the voyage made by the LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin in May 1933 from Friedrichshafen to Barcelona is on the reverse. Below that description are reproduction stampings of those made by rubber stamps for the Spain voyage. This is a very well made postcard. $25.00

 

 

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38-155 LZ 127 "GRAF ZEPPELIN" ON GROUND - SOUTH AMERICA. This postcard shows the LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin on the ground in South America. A description of a voyage to Paraguay in September 1934 is on the reverse. Below that description are reproduction stampings of those made by rubber stamps for the voyage in Paraguay and for Lufthansa service to Brazil. This is a very well made postcard.  $25.00

 

 

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38-493 COLORIZED POSTCARD - ARMY ZEPPELIN "HANSA." This colorized postcard shows the Army Zeppelin "Hansa" in flight over the countryside. Two early German biplanes are flying cover over it. This postcard, while similar to a series issued by the Deutscher Luftflotten=Verein, is not actually from that series. The card was never mailed. $20.00  

 

 

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38-848 COLORIZED POSTCARD - EARLY ZEPPELIN FLYING OVER FRIEDRICHSHAFEN. This is a colorized postcard of an early zeppelin flying over a hanger in Friedrichshafen. $20.00  

 

 

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38-20 COLORIZED POSTCARD - ZEPPELIN BEGINNING FLIGHT OVER WATER IN SIGHT OF LAND. A German zeppelin is shown ready to fly over water, having just lifted off from land in this colorized postcard. It is derived from an original painting. My feeling is that it is flying across the English Channel. The cliffs that are seen, then, are the White Cliffs of Dover. An airplane is in flight above it. $25.00

 

 

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38-1090 POSTCARD - ZEPPELIN’S GONDOLA. This postcard shows a zeppelin’s gondola in detail. It is either on patrol or a bombing mission. The crew is directing searchlights at the ground to help in picking out landmarks or targets. $30.00

 

 

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42-21 COLOR POSTCARD OF A YOUNG MAN & PRETTY GIRL - ZEPPELIN. This postcard shows a young man smiling at a pretty girl with a zeppelin flying overhead. The caption is "I’d rather be in a row boat looking up than in an airship looking down." The reverse shows that the postcard was mailed in 1912 from Springfield, Massachusetts, USA. $25.00

 

 

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42-24 POSTCARD - FRENCH HOT-AIR BALLOON - CAVALRY. This postcard, which is from a 1906 painting, features a hot-air balloon with two French occupants either escaping from or attacking German cavalry. French soldiers are faintly visible on the hill behind the balloon. The title at the card’s bottom reads "Salon de 1906. - Le Porteur de Dépêche, par R. Arus" (Salon of 1906. - The Dispatch Bearer, by R. Arus). $20.00

 

 

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 Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin & other Zeppelin officials

 

38-291 POSTCARD - GRAF FERDINAND von ZEPPELIN - ULANEN UNIFORM. Aside from being the creator of the Airship in Germany, Ferdinand von Zeppelin (1838-1917) was also a General der Kavallerie in the Württemberg Army. This pose shows him as an Ulanen, wearing an officer’s tschapka. Either this tschapka or one very similar resides today in the Zeppelin Museum in Friedrichshafen. $20.00  

 

 

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38-292 POSTCARD - FERDINAND GRAF von ZEPPELIN. This postcard shows Graf Zeppelin (1838-1917) in a uniform with which I am not familiar. It is a frock coat which has four braid stripes on each sleeve. He is wearing a visor cap with an emblem that I believe is for the Zeppelin Company. $20.00  

 

 

 

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38-293 COLORIZED POSTCARD - FERDINAND GRAF von ZEPPELIN. This colorized postcard shows Graf von Zeppelin (1838-1917) from the chest up in a navy-blue frock coat and a white visor cap. A reproduction signature of von Zeppelin is at the bottom of the card. $20.00  

 

 

 

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38-308 POSTCARD OF FERDINAND GRAF von ZEPPELIN. This postcard shows Graf von Zeppelin (1838-1917) in civilian attire. Below his photograph, it reads "Graf Zeppelin." $20.00  

 

 

 

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38-309 POSTCARD OF FERDINAND GRAF von ZEPPELIN IN THE UNIFORM OF A GENERAL. This postcard is a drawing of Graf von Zeppelin in a general’s ulanka. He is wearing a neck order of his native Württemberg. Below his image is his reproduced signature. $20.00  

 

 

 

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38-311 POSTCARD OF GRAF FERDINAND von ZEPPELIN AND KAPITÄN PAUL KÖNIG. This is an interesting postcard that shows Graf Ferdinand von Zeppelin (1838-1917) with Kapitän Paul König. König was the commander of the U-Boat Deutschland. The Deutschland was strictly a cargo vessel. It was designed to dive under the Allied blockade and bring back much-needed supplies to Germany. The Deutschland made a highly-publicized visit to Baltimore early in the war, before the U.S. declared war on Germany. König and his crew proved quite popular with the people of that city, and many gifts were exchanged. $20.00  

 

 

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38-312 ZEPPELIN ECKNER SPENDE POSTCARD OF DR. HUGO ECKNER. This is a postcard that was authorized by the Zeppelin-Eckner Spende. It was to raise money for the construction and maintenance of zeppelins. Graf von Zeppelin did this often before WW I, when zeppelins were fledgling airships. A photo of Eckner, with his reproduction signature below it, is on the obverse. The reverse shows that the postcard is from the Zeppelin-Eckner Spende, displaying a combined "Z" and "E." $20.00  

 

 

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21-142 CIGARETTE CARD FROM CIGARETTE CARD ALBUM - AERIAL SHOT FROM GRAF ZEPPELIN OVER NEW YORK. Three different cigarette card albums were devoted to zeppelins. One acquired these by buying packs of cigarettes or by buying an entire album. This is card number 127, which appeared in album number I. The card measures 1 1/2" x 2." It shows the Manhattan skyline of New York from the Graf Zeppelin. $1.00

 

 

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38-1511 COLOR POSTCARD - PRE WORLD WAR I ZEPPELIN - AIRPLANE OVER FRIEDRICHSHAFEN. This is a color postcard that was produced from a painting. It shows a pre WW I zeppelin and an airplane flying over Lake Konstanz and Friedrichshafen. It was mailed as a Feldpostkarte in 1915 from Friedrichshafen. $20.00

 

 

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38-290 TWO POSTCARD SET - ZEPPELINS LZ 129 AND LZ 130. This is a two-postcard set of the Zeppelins LZ 129 and the LZ 130. The LZ 129 was the Hindenburg, which exploded in flames over Lakehurst, NJ in May of 1937. The image of the Hindenburg, which is in color, shows her low over the ground. The photo shows her with swastikas on the rudders. The second postcard in this mini grouping shows the LZ 130, the Graf Zeppelin II. She was launched in 1938 and scrapped in 1940, during WW II. The image shows her close to the ground. Both of these postcards have technical and historical details on the reverse. I also must add that these are NOT period postcards, but of modern-day production. The card of the Graf Zeppelin II is particularly interesting, since we seldom see images of her. $5.00  

 

 

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38-1222 POSTCARD - PREWAR ZEPPELIN - OVER FRANCE. This postcard shows a German zeppelin flying over a French city in 1913. It is identified as "Zeppelin IV." It appears that the postcard was mailed in France after the beginning of WW I. $20.00

 

 

 

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38-1223 COLOR POSTCARD - OBSERVATION BALLOON. This color postcard comes from England during WW I. It shows a Caquit Type Kite-Balloon. The observation balloon shows the basket with an observer in it. It has a nifty description of this sort of balloon on its reverse. $20.00

 

 

 

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38-1224 POSTCARD - FRENCH AIRSHIP. This postcard shows a French Airship flying over a military camp. The postcard was mailed. $20.00

 

 

 

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38-1518 COLOR POSTCARD - ZEPPELIN-ECKNER SPENDE.
This is one of a series of postcards that were produced for the Zeppelin-Eckner Spende. The postcard shows a zeppelin in flight. On the reverse we see the information about the Zeppelin-Eckner Spende and the logo. The postcard was not mailed. $50.00

 

 

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38-1519 COLOR POSTCARD - ZEPPELIN-ECKNER SPENDE.
This is one of a series of postcards that were produced for the Zeppelin-Eckner Spende. The postcard shows a zeppelin in flight. On the reverse we see the information about the Zeppelin-Eckner Spende and the logo. The postcard was not mailed. $50.00

 

 

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38-1520 POSTCARD - ZEPPELIN-ECKNER SPENDE. This is one of a series of postcards that were produced for the Zeppelin-Eckner Spende. The postcard features a likeness of Graf Ferdinand von Zeppelin and a reproduction of his signature. On the reverse we see the information about the Zeppelin-Eckner Spende and the logo. The postcard was not mailed. $50.00

 

 

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38-1521 POSTCARD FROM THE ZEPPELIN-ECKNER SPENDE.
This is one of a series of postcards that were produced for the Zeppelin-Eckner Spende. The postcard shows a likeness of Hugo Eckner and a reproduction of his signature. On the reverse we see the information about the Zeppelin-Eckner Spende and the logo. The postcard was not mailed. $50.00

 

 

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38-1522 COLOR POSTCARD - ZEPPELIN HANGER - LEIPZIG.
This is a color postcard that shows the Saxon city of Leipzig’s zeppelin hanger. The postcard shows a large group of people standing in front of the hanger. In the hanger are two zeppelins, one of which is the Sachsen. The postcard was mailed in July 1914, just before the beginning of WW I, and when zeppelins were used to bomb cities on the continent of Europe and in London. $40.00

 

 

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38-1523 COLOR POSTCARD - PREWAR ZEPPELIN FLYING FROM LAKE KONSTANZ.
This postcard, which is in color, shows a prewar zeppelin flying in from Lake Konstanz, most likely over its home port of Friedrichshafen. It may have been mailed as a Feldpostkarte in 1916. $35.00

 

 

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