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  • GERMANY – PHOTOGRAPH – FRAMED – HAND COLORED – FRIEDRICHSHAFEN WITH A ZEPPELIN

    SKU: 21-83

    $225.00

    Let me begin by telling how exquisite this piece is. It is a hand colored photograph of Friedrichshafen circa 1900 to 1910. It looks down on the city as it meanders along the edge of Lake Konstanz. Friedrichshafen was the zeppelin’s birthplace under the care of Graf (Count) von Zeppelin. The airships were often seen in the sky over the city and the lake, which separates Germany from Switzerland. Indeed, this portrait depicts a zeppelin in flight. The photo is quite unusual as it is slightly vaulted under the glass of the frame! A small brass plaque under the glass identifies the city as “Friedrichshafen a/B.” The frame is gilt, with short diagonal black lines accenting the molding. The frame and photo measure 6″ x 5.” On the back both an easel and a ring appear by which the piece can be displayed. It is in delightful shape and is of the highest caliber. A lot of pride went into the manufacture of this item.

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  • GERMANY – SCHNAPPS GLASS – ZEPPELIN MOTIF

    SKU: 21-82

    $225.00

    This is a small schnapps glass celebrating the city of Friedrichshafen and its involvement with zeppelins. Hand painted in multiple colors on the glass’s front is the city with a zeppelin overhead. Also appearing in the painted area is the legend, “Friedrichshafen Bodensee.” This small cup stands 2 1/4″ tall. I have never seen a shape quite like this on items of this nature. It is in excellent condition.

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  • POSTCARD FLOWN – GRAF ZEPPELIN – AUSTRIA – GERMANY – 1931

    SKU: 21-207

    $95.00

    Postcards and letters that were flown on the zeppelins Graf Zeppelin and Hindenburg were prized all over the world in the 1920’s and 1930’s. The premium prices paid for the luxury of mailing a postcard or letter on one of these two zeppelins were good bargains for people who never got to fly aboard one. Even here in the United States, special stamps were issued for the purpose of mailing items aboard one of the zeppelins. The always-popular gentle giants of the air flew all over the world, and made regular runs to the U.S. and South America. Today we are offering a postcard that was carried on a flight from Vienna to Germany. The simple card measures 4″ x 6.” At the top is a Luftpost blue sticker. In the upper right corner is a 1 Mark German postage stamp, featuring an eagle. It was canceled at Friedrichshafen on the Bodensee on 12 July 1931. In the center is another circular cancellation for 12 July 1931 from Vienna, with special emphasis that the postcard has traveled aboard the LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin. The lower left of the card has a triangular cancellation indicating it is for a 1931 flight of the Graf Zeppelin from Vienna. This was a relatively short “hop” from Friedrichshafen to Vienna. The card’s opposite side is blank. The primary purpose was to send the card to an individual, not to deliver an actual message, but to have something that actually flew on a zeppelin!

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  • U.S. / GERMANY – ENVELOPE – STAMPED – FLOWN ON FIRST USA-TO-GERMANY ZEPPELIN FLIGHT

    SKU: 21-304

    $125.00

    This is an envelope that was flown on the Graf Zeppelin’s first U.S. to Germany flight. The Graf Zeppelin entered service in 1928. It was a major effort for the company, which struggled financially after theGraf Zeppelin’s death in 1917 and the war’s end. Hugo Eckner assumed the company’s control after the Graf’s death and navigated the company through a difficult period. He convinced the German government to include building a zeppelin to count toward German war reparations. Thus, the LZ-124 was constructed. Eckner personally commanded it in an historic 1924 flight and, with a great deal of publicity, turned it over to the U.S. Navy to become the U.S.S. Los Angeles. The historic flight began in Friedrichshafen, and ended in Lakehurst, NJ, a U.S. Navy station. Lakehurst was the East Coast base for zeppelin operations. The Graf Zeppelin and Hindenburg landed there. The Hindenburglanded for the last time as a fireball at Lakehurst in 1937. The U.S.S. Los Angeles continued in service until 1940, partly because it ran on the much safer helium (German zeppelins were forced to use highly flammable hydrogen due to the USA’s embargo). Today we are offering a very special zeppelin-flown envelope. It was flown aboard the LZ-127, Graf Zeppelin, on its FIRST flight from the U.S. to Germany. The envelope’s upper right corner sports a one dollar U.S. stamp and a five-cent Theodore Roosevelt stamp. It cost a total of $1.05 to send the envelope. [The equivalent cost in 2013 U. S. dollars is…

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  • U.S. / GERMANY – ENVELOPE – STAMPED – FLOWN ON FIRST USA-TO-GERMANY ZEPPELIN FLIGHT

    SKU: 21-303

    $125.00

    This is an envelope that was flown on the Graf Zeppelin’s first U.S. to Germany flight. The Graf Zeppelin entered service in 1928. It was a major effort for the company, which struggled financially after theGraf Zeppelin’s death in 1917 and the war’s end. Hugo Eckner assumed the company’s control after the Graf’s death and navigated the company through a difficult period. He convinced the German government to include building a zeppelin to count toward German war reparations. Thus, the LZ-124 was constructed. Eckner personally commanded it in an historic 1924 flight and, with a great deal of publicity, turned it over to the U.S. Navy to become the U.S.S. Los Angeles. The historic flight began in Friedrichshafen, and ended in Lakehurst, NJ, a U.S. Navy station. Lakehurst was the East Coast base for zeppelin operations. The Graf Zeppelin and Hindenburg landed there. The Hindenburglanded for the last time as a fireball at Lakehurst in 1937. The U.S.S. Los Angeles continued in service until 1940, partly because it used the much safer helium (German zeppelins were forced to use highly flammable hydrogen due to the USA’s embargo). Today we are offering a very special zeppelin-flown envelope. It was flown aboard the LZ-127, Graf Zeppelin, on its FIRST flight from the U.S. to Germany. It is an envelope that was a part of Joel E. Fischer, 40 Wall Street, New York’s personal stationery. The envelope’s upper right corner sports a one dollar U.S. stamp and a five-cent U.S. Air Mail stamp.…

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  • GERMANY / U.S. – ENVELOPE – STAMPED – FLOWN ON FIRST ZEPPELIN FLIGHT FROM GERMANY TO USA

    SKU: 21-298

    $125.00

    This is an envelope that was flown on the first flight of the Graf Zeppelin from Germany to the U.S. The Graf Zeppelin entered service in 1928. It was a major effort for the company, which struggled financially after the Graf Zeppelin’s death in 1917 and the war’s end. Hugo Eckner assumed the company’s control after the Graf’s death and navigated the company through a difficult period. He convinced the German government to include building a zeppelin to count toward German war reparations. Thus, theLZ-124 was constructed. Eckner personally commanded it in an historic 1924 flight and, with a great deal of publicity, turned it over to the U.S. Navy to become the U.S.S. Los Angeles. The historic flight began in Friedrichshafen, and ended in Lakehurst, NJ, a U.S. Navy station. Lakehurst was the East Coast base for zeppelin operations. The Graf Zeppelin and Hindenburg landed there. The Hindenburg landed for the last time as a fireball at Lakehurst in 1937. The U.S.S. Los Angeles continued in service until 1940, partly because it ran on the much safer helium, while the German zeppelins were forced to use highly flammable hydrogen due to the U.S.’s embargo. Today we are offering a very special zeppelin-flown envelope. It was flown aboard the LZ-127 Graf Zeppelin on its FIRST flight from Germany to the U.S. It is a deluxe envelope prepared just for the event. A yellow zeppelin that covers most of its top width is preprinted on the envelope. A special blue German…

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  • GERMANY – GLOBE – SHOWING GRAF ZEPPELIN’S (LZ-127) VARIOUS ROUTES

    SKU: 21-322 A

    $1,295.00

    This is one of the most interestingzeppelin items we have ever offered. It is a world globe (produced in Stuttgart, Germany) depicting the Graf Zeppelin’s (LZ-127) various worldwide routes. The LZ 127 was patterned after the LZ 126. The LZ 126 served as part of Germany’s war reparations following WW I’s end. The Zeppelin Company’s leader, Dr. Hugo Eckener, personally flew the LZ 126from its Friedrichshafen home base in southern Germany to the Lakehurst, New Jersey, U. S. Naval Air Station in October 1924. It was then turned over to the U.S. Navy and renamed the U.S.S. Los Angeles, which became the longest-serving rigid airship ever operated by the US Navy. [Lakehurst was also the site of the Hindenburg’s (LZ 129) 1937 explosion. I still remember my late mother-in-law telling me how as a New York City school girl, she and her class watched the Hindenburg fly overhead on its way to that fateful rendezvous]. Eckener was a man who understood the value of publicity and took full advantage of it. Upon his return to Germany, he lobbied the German government for support and financial assistance to build a zeppelin for commercial purposes. While Eckener received some governmental support, most of the more than two million Reichsmarks necessary to begin the zeppelin’s production was donated by the German public. The German people had enthusiastically supported Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin (1838-1917) when he built the first airships. Even when a zeppelin had crashed and been totally destroyed, the German people had…

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  • GERMANY – 1937 HOTEL LISTING – FRIEDRICHSHAFEN

    SKU: 21-213

    $95.00

    Friedrichshafen was the home of the zeppelins. Graf Ferdinand built his airships in this picturesque town and even had zeppelin hangers on the lake. It was a great location in Southern Germany, with good access to Italy, Switzerland, Austria, and France. The menu’s front depicts an early zeppelin flying over Lake Konstanz. Inside is a listing of hotels and guest houses in the city during 1937.

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  • TEAPOT USED BY EMPLOYEES AT FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AND FRANKFURTZEPPELIN PLANTS

    SKU: 21-321

    $475.00

    Here is a very different example of zeppelin-affiliated tableware. This simple teapot was NOT intended for passenger use onboard zeppelins. It IS possible that some were used by LZ-127 Graf Zeppelin and the LZ-129 Hindenburg crew members. It primarily was used in the employee dining rooms at the Zeppelin Company’sFriedrichshafen and Frankfurt workshops and plants. Both cities’ locations maintained hanger and construction/repair space. The teapot (teekanne) is made of a base metal and measures 2 ⅛” x 4 ¼” x 5.” It has a stout handle and a simple button on the lid for opening to add hot water and tea. It has the legend below stamped on its side.                                                                 Flug u. Zeppelinhafen Gaststätten (Restaurants) The teekanne’s bottom displays a manufacturer’s hallmark for Krupp Berndorf. Its size, 30cl., is also listed. It represents three-tenths of a liter (10.14 ounces), which would fill two small teacups. The pot sports a wonderful patina. A lot of Zeppelin Company shoptalk was shared over this pot. You can create some fine memories of your own by using it to brew your tea. From personal experience, I can vouch that it works just as well as it did some ninety years ago!

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