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Airships

  • Commander U.S.S. Shenandoah Letter - 1923

    SKU: 21-ZEPP-346

     Fascinating two-page letter from LCDR Frank R. McCrary, USN, the Navy's first Lighter-than-Air (LTA) pilot and Commander of ZR-1, U.S.S. Shenandoah, to a journalist at the Boston Post.  In the letter, McCrary discusses the Navy Day flight of the ZR-1 over New England and then talks about the ZR-3 arriving from Germany but without any newsmen on board.  He then describes why a polar flight of the Shenandoah would be unwise and that carrying journalists would be unlikely.  A lengthy and newsworthy letter from a very important airship pioneer, on NAS Lakehurst letterhead dated 26 Nov 1923 and with the envelope intact.  Good with usual folds and paperclip rust.  A truly historic and important airship letter. 

    Price: $125.00
    $125.00
    21-ZEPP-346
  • Early Balloon Advertising Card - 1908

    SKU: 21-ZEPP-345

     Invitation to Philadelphia Aeronautical Recreation Society inflation of the balloon "Philadelphia" on June 27, 1908.  Signed by a member at right margin.  Postcard size 5.75x3.75".  About good, two tape pieces on reverse not affecting image.  Very early and colorful balloon piece.

    Price: $75.00
    $75.00
    21-ZEPP-345
  • Early Balloon Letterhead - circa 1905

    SKU: 21-ZEPP-344

     Letterhead paper (unused) for C.C. Phelps. balloon manufacturer and exhibition company.  Colorful photo and text along with a date block:  ......190..  So this must have been intended for 1900-1909, a very popular period for ballooning at state fairs and other celebrations.  Very good, small chip lower right corner. (Note: image is of the top one-third of paper, blank below)

    Price: $45.00
    $45.00
    21-ZEPP-344
  • 1933 Century of Progress Souvenir Card

    SKU: 21-ZEPP-343

     Small 3.75x2.75" card with a photo of the Goodyear "Puritan" launching.  Ink inscription on the reverse: "Goodyear "Puritan" ride in this July 11, 1933".  My guess is that this card was presented to passengers who flew on the Puritan during the Century of Progress Expo.  Excellent.

    Price: $20.00
    $20.00
    21-ZEPP-343
  • U.S.S. Los Angeles in Profile - circa 1925

    SKU: 21-P-342

     Real photo postcard, 3.5x5.5", b&w.  Clements copyright in negative.  Excellent, unused. SOLD

    Price: $0.00
    $0.00
    21-P-342
  • U.S.S. Los Angeles "Resting" - circa 1925

    SKU: 21-P-341

     Real photo postcard, 3.5x5.5", b&w. Unused, very good, pencil ID on reverse says photograper is Rell Clements, Jr.  SOLD

    Price: $0.00
    $0.00
    21-P-341
  • U.S. Los Angeles at Mooring Mast San Diego

    SKU: 21-P-340

     Real photo postcard, 3.5x5.5", b&w.  Postally used, pencil text and postmarked 1932, San Diego.  Very good. SOLD

    Price: $0.00
    $0.00
    21-P-340
  • Los Angeles at Lakehurst - circa 1925

    SKU: 21-P-339

     Real photo postcard, 3.5x5.5", b&w.  Unused but lengthy ink message on the back, some refering to seeing the airship.  Good. SOLD

    Price: $0.00
    $0.00
    21-P-339
  • Airship in Dock - 1928

    SKU: 21-P-338

     Real photo postcard, 3.5x5.5", b&w.  Likely the Los Angeles at Lakehurst.  Small photographer's logo in negative lower left; dated 1928.  Excellent.

    Price: $20.00
    $20.00
    21-P-338
  • U.S.S. Los Angeles at Lakehurst - 1928

    SKU: 21-P-337

     Real photo postcard, 3.5x5.5", b&w.  Photographer's logo and date in lower right of negative. Pencil ID on reverse, very good, unused.

    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
    21-P-337