Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Around the World with Graf Zeppelin -1929

In 1929, the Graf Zeppelin embarked on a round-the-world trip with 20 passengers. The flight was completed in 21 days. In addition to the round-the-world stamp on the back, the postcard has a cancellation from August 10th in Friedrichshafen, Germany and in New York on August 7th.

Unfortunately, it's very difficult to make out the text of the card, but it is addressed to Hedwig Friedheim in Dresden, Germany


  1. It is very difficult to read as it is covered with a lot of postage stamps and, in addition, is written in German. I can tell it is signed "Euer Vater", i.e. Your Father.

  2. You're right, the stamps do obscure the writing. It's especially interesting that there are so many stamps, because at the time international postage for a postcard sent from the U.S was 2 cents. This card has 55 cents in postage! That's a huge amount. I'm sure the postage for sending something via Graf Zeppelin was higher, but I wonder if extra stamps weren't attached just for the sake of collecting.

  3. Thank you for the comment on my post about the Zeppelin! And yes, I'm interested in this post and glad you pointed it out. I'm thinking that the extra postage was indeed required, for the stamp (C13) that I made note of in my post would have paid the rate for mail traveling on the Zeppelin. I also note that this card was probably put on the Zeppelin in Lakehurst, New Jersey, where one of the later German airships, the Hindenburg, crashed and burned. Mail carried on that airship is very collectible.



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