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]





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

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FALL 2014

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


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. Summer 2014! [READ MORE]


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]


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]

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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


What have hot dogs, fast immigration into the US without a pasport, blind people, a crew member not onboard, ghosts and the Titanic in common? Hard to believe, 75 years ago, airship LZ-129 HINDENBURG crashed at Lakehurst, NJ. [READ MORE]


An issue with the earliest picture postcard taken onboard a zeppelin, a census on Port Gdansk zeppelin mail, Japanese zeppelin NT mail, catapult mail and GRAF ZEPPELIN over Brenner's Hotel at Baden-Baden, just to mention the variety of articles. [READ MORE]


Wanted: Zeppelin mail from Ethiopia and LZ-129 HINDENBURG crash mail! This issue also reports about zeppelin stamps from Finland and Paraguay and about zeppelin mail from Japan, the Bahamas, Guatemala and from Liechtenstein. [READ MORE]


From Asterix to Zeppelin, from Mary to Dorothy, from Greece to Iceland, from Orly to Le Bourget, from Josef to Magda and from Columbia back to Austria: Enjoy the Summer 2011 issue! [READ MORE]


The jubilee issue, it is the 100th issue of the ZEPPELIN POST JOURNAL. And 100 is the topic of this issue with Count Zeppelin's 100th birthday, LZ-100, flight number 100, 100 dropped pieces, registration number 100, R100 and 100 years Bordstempel. [READ MORE]


Why the zeppelin was making a detour because of Spelterini, why LZ-127 GRAF ZEPPELIN flew over Canada and why the NT BODENSEE is back from Japan. This issue links also zeppelins with the Aegean Islands and the Falkland Islands. And we have found a new zeppelin cachet. [READ MORE]


Arbed, Alix, Alrun and Aladin, but also Canada, Köhler, catapult and Ciampino: just to name a few key words of the Fall2010 issue which contains also paintings and lyrics. [READ MORE]


In addition to Maybach cars, Euro and US$ exchange rates and helicopters in the Antarctic, the Summer2010 issue of the ZEPPELIN POST JOURNAL deals also with World War I zeppelin mail and zeppelin mail from Paraguay, the Bahamas and Canada. [READ MORE]


From 1908 till 1992: The Spring2010 issue of the Zeppelin Post Journal contains a broad range of articles for the zeppelin mail collector. Articles about zeppelin mail from Romania, Hong Kong and from the cruiser Karlsruhe in South America make this again an international issue. [READ MORE]


The last ZEPPELIN POST JOURNAL for 2009 is a general issue containing eleven articles from the pioneer period up to 1936 zeppelin mail. Among others, a 1913 zeppelin flight of LZ-11 Viktoria Luise is featured as well as British zeppelin mail from 1936 flown by LZ-129 Hindenburg. [READ MORE]


The international airmail show BEIJING 2009 AEROPEX (November 12-16, 2009; Beijing, China) is the inspiration for this issue of the ZEPPELIN POST JOURNAL: What do we know about zeppelins and Asia? The answer is a 40-pages and quite unusual issue of the 齐伯林邮刊. [READ MORE]


Atomic propulsion, bombs, rockets, volcanos, a bald Goethe and the Lithuanian national dish - the Summer2009 issue of the ZEPPELIN POST JOURNAL is not what you expect! [READ MORE]