This is a marvelous framed collage of items that relate to zeppelins. A total of four items appear in the collage. They range in dates from 1917 to 1937. I will describe the four items chronologically.
1) Photograph of Navy Zeppelin L53. The L53 also held the production number of LZ 100. It was launched on 8 August 1917. During its service, it flew nineteen reconnaissance missions and four bombing missions over England. It was shot down over England on 11 August 1918 by a Royal Naval Air Service Lieutenant flying a Sopwith Camel. The photo, which measures 6 7/8″ x 4 1/8,” shows the L 53 as she is rolled out of her hanger. The zeppelin’s stern appears in the photograph.
2) Graf Zeppelin World Flight Badge from 1929. A wide variety of badges were produced, covering a great assortment of zeppelin badges like this. Some were world flight badges and others were more regionalized. The badge measures 1 3/4″ in diameter. The edge proclaims “Graf Zeppelin Weltflug 1929.” The badge’s center shows the Graf Zeppelin in profile. She is superimposed over a blue and green map of the world. While it cannot be seen, these had a pin on the reverse. They are VERY prized by collectors.
3) Newspaper clipping from 19 October 1933. The clipping comes from a newspaper in Hanover. The headline reads“Deutsche Zeppeline über York.” The article deals with zeppelins that flew over and bombed York in England during WW I. At the end of the article, another smaller article deals with a speed record set by the Graf Zeppelin.
4) Crew uniform button from either the Graf Zeppelin or the Hindenburg. The gilt-toned button is a post 1933 example. The button has an eagle with the world in his claws. Superimposed over the globe is a zeppelin. At the globe’s bottom is a swastika.
The collage is framed in a black with gold trim and measures 16 ½” x 14 3/4.” It is a great historical collage that will be of particular interest to you zeppelin collectors.