Heinz Petermann reports
Lindemann on board again?
 

Dieter Leder’s article on Lindemann and the first zeppelin onboard post office provided some very interesting details and background information (see Zeppelin Post Journal, Summer 2012 issue, «100 years ago: The first post office onboard an airship».) The illustrated cards, covers and memorabilia were stunning, I wish I have such material in my collection. Lindemann’s distinctive handwriting though reminded me of a card from my collection. [READ MORE]
 


Bob Wilcsek reports
Scott #573A - a glorious philatelic item
 

Readers familiar with my writings know that my view of zeppelin mail is that it is Gloriously Philatelic. Since little zeppelin mail was commercial and most of it saved, about the only reason we discuss it today is because of its highly collectible, complex, philatelic nature. If it was meant to be saved by the recipient when created, it is philatelic mail. If it was created as a collectible item, it is philatelic. This describes most zeppelin mail. [READ MORE]
 


Wolfgang Porges reports
Zeppelin combination mail
 

Catapult and zeppelin combinations are very popular among zeppelin and catapult mail collectors. And so are many other zeppelin combinations as well, i.e. zeppelin mail combined with glider mail, first flights, rocket mail or any other mail transportation service. The illustrated cover from England was flown on the 13th South America Flight in 1935 (9th flight of LZ-127 Graf Zeppelin). It is at first sight a plain zeppelin cover, but also a combination cover since six different airlines carried the cover. [READ MORE]
 


Hugo Wagner reports
Classifying Sieger onboard mail from the Pan-America Flight 1930
 

Alfred Nuzinger’s article on Sieger-onboard mail from the 1930 Pan America Flight is quite fascinating - I never thought that «ordinary» Sieger mail is subject to extensive research. Lesson learned that research is not limited to the extraordinary mail.
After reading Nuzinger’s article, I cross-checked the information with the covers from my own collection and came across two things: At first I found that I have one and the same cover twice in my collection. This is a Sieger onboard dispatch from May 21, 1930 which was dropped over Praia. Both cards have the same address, postage and postmarks. And both cards come with a Sieger certificate. [READ MORE]
 


Manfred Küchler reports
The capellmeister in Argentina
 

The good news at first: transmitted mail from Argentina flown on the 18th South America Flight 1936 of LZ-129 Hindenburg is not documented, neither at Sieger nor at Michel. But here is one cover flown. Sender of the cover was Raimund Karpinski. He was capellmeister onboard the steamer General Artigas. [READ MORE]
 


Dieter Leder reports
Fire and Ice: Hindenburg and Titanic
 

Titanic was the world’s largest floating post office of its day, and Hindenburg still holds the record as the world’s largest flying post office. But what count records and superlatives? Both, Titanic and Hindenburg are today also synonyms for disasters and tragedies. The one sunk 100 years ago, the other burst into flames 75 years ago. And left of both are a few collectibles and mail pieces.
The Smithsonian National Postal Museum in Washington DC opened an innovative new exhibit which brings together the two marvels of transportation. Documents, artifacts, newly discovered photographs and of course salvaged mail bring the stories to life in new ways. The exhibit is organized into themes that compare and contrast the large, fast, glamorous ships: 20th-century icons, technological advancements, life onboard, mail ships and disaster. Survivor stories portray the human tragedy associated with each disaster. [READ MORE]
 


Dr. Jürgen Eichler reports
The earliest picture postcard taken onboard a zeppelin
 

The illustrated picture postcard, which I bought recently with other zeppelin cards, looked inconspicuous and was not did not attract any attention. A view of the Rhine Falls at Schaffhausen - my God, how many of such images exist? Only weeks later, I took a closer look at the card and what I saw was pretty impressive.
The picture shows a clear impression «Rheinfall, Aufnahme v. Luftschiff, 29. VI. 08, L. Dürr» (tranl.: Rhine Fall, photo taken from the airship 29 June 08 L. Dürr.) The sign «L. Dürr» could only be one of engineer Ludwig Dürr. Upon closer examination of the address side, the surprise was complete. I had in front of me an autographic card by Ludwig Dürr from 30 July 1908 addressed to a priest E. Rieger at Bräunisheim near Amstetten (Wurttemberg, Germany). Dürr thanks Rieger for a letter and congratulations. A quick research in my extensive fund of the history of aeronautics and then it was clear to me that this is indeed the signature of Ludwig Dürr. [READ MORE]
 


Dieter Leder reports
Wanted - Hindenburg Crash Mail
 

The search goes on - This was the subtitle of Arthur Falk’s compendium on LZ-129 Hindenburg crash mail from the 6 May 1937 airship crash at Lakehurst, NJ. And indeed, the search still goes on and while various articles on this subject have been published since, the Arthur Falk book is still the only philatelic book on Hindenburg crash mail.
But this will change next year: On occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Hindenburg crash at Lakehurst, NJ, a new philatelic book on this crash is due. At this point, I do not want to reveal too many details, but all I can say is that this book will be a quite heavy handbook with a couple hundred pages focussing on the postal history of the crash and of course on crash mail. [READ MORE]
 


Luigi Farina reports
A 5 Lira franking.... and a surprise
 

In March this year I participated in a stamp auction in Germany and was bidding on some airmail covers which interested me. Among these covers I noticed an official LZ-127 GRAF ZEPPELIN postcard flown on the 1933 Rome Flight. The card has a German address and is franked with the 5 Lira zeppelin stamp from Italy. I briefly want to recall that the additional fee for the 1933 Rome Flight of airship LZ-127 was Lira 3 for postcards sent to Europe and Lira 5 for covers sent to Europe. When I received my purchase from the auctioneer I was surprised to find on the reverse of the postcard various signatures. [READ MORE]
 

 

 



 

ZEPPELIN POST JOURNAL
WINTER2017

It looks like a technical issue with parachutes and mid air collisions. In addition, history, postal history and aerophilately is also featured - Winter 2017! [READ MORE]

 
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ZEPPELIN POST JOURNAL
FALL 2017

All aspects of aerophilately are covered in the new issue: Rates, routes and markings. And in addition, we are dealing with history, postage, celebrities and unrecorded Zeppelin mail: Fall 2017! [READ MORE]

 
ZEPPELIN POST JOURNAL
SUMMER 2017

A truly spectacular issue featuring Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin's general manager, unrecorded transmitted mail from the other side of the globe, long forgotten typwriters and a 13-year old claiming that he was captain of LZ-129 Hindenburg.... Summer 2017! [READ MORE]

 
ZEPPELIN POST JOURNAL
SPRING 2017

History and aviation: There is a lot to report and a lot to discover. This issue is full of news and information. Spring 2017! [READ MORE]

 
ZEPPELIN POST JOURNAL
WINTER 2016

Color varieties, postmark varieties, different back ground stories, a flown cover which was rather not flown and a good detour - Winter 2016! [READ MORE]

 
ZEPPELIN POST JOURNAL
FALL 2016

Transmitted mail from Nicaragua, Malta and Japan, the secret story of a Rome postmark and passenger mail on the Hindenburg 1st North America Flight 1936..... Fall 2016! [READ MORE]

 
ZEPPELIN POST JOURNAL
SUMMER 2016

Eritrea, from Kingdom to colony, a rare Portugal dispatch, tropical mosquitos and Paul and Ferdinand.... Summer 2016! [READ MORE]

 
ZEPPELIN POST JOURNAL
SPRING 2016

Beautiful postage, unusual dispatches, rare combinations, fascinating routings and interesting stories about cachets: Spring 2016! [READ MORE]

 
ZEPPELIN POST JOURNAL
WINTER 2015

An issue full of curiosities: Forgotten mail, identical addresses and registration numbers, a new Italy Flight, invalid US airmail stamps and an overbooked airship - Winter 2015! [READ MORE]

 
ZEPPELIN POST JOURNAL
FALL 2015

A faked nude, revelations, world records, first days, new insights - it all depends on your way of seeing. And there are 1000 ways of seeing.... Fall 2015! [READ MORE]

 
ZEPPELIN POST JOURNAL
SUMMER 2015

It is quite mystic: Half of the Zeppelin mail from Port Gdansk is missing, dropped mail never showed up, and the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was planned on the 1929 Zeppelin World Flight.... Summer 2015! [READ MORE]

 
ZEPPELIN POST JOURNAL
SPRING 2015

Zeppelin mail which fell into the water and LZ-127 assisting in the South Atlantic with rescue operations for the emergency landed catapult aircraft 'Tornado'. In addition we have SCADTA mail and zeppelin mail to Australia. Spring 2015! [READ MORE]

 
ZEPPELIN POST JOURNAL
WINTER 2014

The South American connecting flights of the 1930 Pan America Flight, 3rd part: What really happened, May 24 - June 7, 1930. [READ MORE]

 
ZEPPELIN POST JOURNAL
FALL 2014

The South American connecting flights of the 1930 Pan America Flight, 2nd part: What really happened, April 30 - May 23, 1930. [READ MORE]

 
ZEPPELIN POST JOURNAL
SUMMER 2014

The South American connecting flights of the 1930 Pan America Flight, 1st part: Background, ideas and planning. [READ MORE]

 
ZEPPELIN POST JOURNAL
SPRING 2014

Prêt-à-porter: The new dress code and grading of the DZR, a Whitsun excursion to South America and summer vacation onboard the zeppelin. Life can be so good.... [READ MORE]

 
ZEPPELIN POST JOURNAL
WINTER 2013

What are the King, the President, two Ministers, the chief of the Air Force and the Miss Hungary doing on board the zeppelin? They play Zeppelin Sudoku [READ MORE]

 
ZEPPELIN POST JOURNAL
FALL 2013

New details and insights about the most famous zeppelin stamp: The Parahyba Provisional issue from Brazil from 1930. What really (not) happened at Parahyba. [READ MORE]

 
ZEPPELIN POST JOURNAL
SUMMER 2013

Connections from Cyrenaica and Tripolitania, from Bern to Cuba, flights within Bolivia and the story to ride and not to fly the Atlantic. [READ MORE]

 
ZEPPELIN POST JOURNAL
SPRING2013

Roses, diamonds, offspring, intimate details of Lady Drummond Hay, Dr. Eckener's affair and airship captain Bauer's secret fiancee - it is springtime and love is in the air..... [READ MORE]

 
ZEPPELIN POST JOURNAL
WINTER2012

With interesting reports about the captain of the Russian icebreaker Malyguin, zeppelin mail addressed to Mexico, zeppelin sheds at Lemberg, affranchissement perçu notes from Egypt, zeppelin mail in California and other fascinating stories. [READ MORE]

 
ZEPPELIN POST JOURNAL
FALL2012

A dinner at Los Angeles, the Gordon Bennett Race, unrecorded zeppelin mail from Danzig and Venezuela, the German Emperor, the Grand Duke and media tycoon William Randolph Hearst - we celebrate 100 years of Flugpost am Rhein und Main. [READ MORE]

 
ZEPPELIN POST JOURNAL
SUMMER2012

It is summer time: The first mail drop over Heligoland, a trip to the Orient, zeppelin crew member Thasler on vacation and 100 years ago, the first post office opened onboard an airship. This was on July 17, 1912. [READ MORE]