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  • Lufthansa Condor Zeppelin Mailbag

    SKU: 21-ZEPP-357

     Cloth sack, 4.5x10", imprinted with blue text on the front.  The reverse has a printed address block and six cancelled Brazilian stamps (cancellation fuzzy and unreadable).  Very good condition (empty and unsealed).  Likely transported from Brazil to Germany on the Graf Zeppelin.  Very good. 

    Price: $215.00
    $215.00
    21-ZEPP-357
  • Hindenburg Crash On-Board Burned Postcard - 1937

    SKU: 21-ZEPP-356

     This is a postally unused picture postcard of the Hindenburg salon that was salvaged from the wreckage in 1937.  Normally something like this would be of suspicious origin but it is accompanied by a letter of provenance dated June 1937, just after the crash.  En-route postcards and letters recovered from the crash are exceedingly rare and the few having come to market bring six-figures.  This would be a nice center-piece to a Zeppelin display.  The provenance letter is handwritten in ink from an Edith McDonald with an address in the U.S. Senate Office Building.  Very good but of course the card is burned on the edges.

    Price: $325.00
    $325.00
    21-ZEPP-356
  • Graf Zeppelin Equator Crossing Certificate, signed by Captain Schiller - 1937

    SKU: 21-ZEPP-355

     Wonderful engraved certificate, 7.5x10", commemorating the crossing of the equator on a flight of the Graf Seppelin from Germany to South America .  Typed name "John W. Chalmers" and date of "29.4.1937".  Ink signature of Schiller in the lower right margin as Captain of the Graf Zeppelin.  Schiller spent over 20 years as a Zeppelin crew member and captain.  He would have been on the fateful Hindenburg flight in 1937 but was delayed in Rio and did not make its departure....a lucky man!  This is very likely the flight that was delayed. Excellent condition, no flaws.

    Price: $235.00
    $235.00
    21-ZEPP-355
  • Clara Adams Promotional Flyer - 1932

    SKU: 21-ZEPP-354

     Four-page 8.5x11" promotional piece for speaking engagements by this famous "First-Flyer".  Produced by her management company and offering speeches by this first woman paying passenger on the Graf Zeppelin, Hindenburg and DO-X Flying Boat.  The flyer is circa 1932 so Clara had not yet flown on the Hindenburg; she is well-known for her promotion of aviation and was the first woman paying-passenger to fly around the world on passenger aircraft.  The flyer has some old tape repairs on the cover and inside.  Surely, not many of these survived so condition is not paramount.

    Price: $85.00
    $85.00
    21-ZEPP-354
  • Airline Ticket to Greet Graf Zeppelin in Los Angeles - 1929

    SKU: 21-ZEPP-353

     Small paper ticket by The Aero Corporation of California for a flight from Los Angeles to Mines Field to greet the Graf Zeppelin as it arrived from Tokyo near the end of its epic Round-the-World flight.  Inscribed in ink as shown with "Graf Zeppelin/Mines Field Municipal Airport/{type fo flight} Pleasure/2000 feet/12 min".  Good plus.

    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
    21-ZEPP-353
  • Graf Zeppelin Round-the-World Flight Photo - Lakehurst

    SKU: 21-ZEPP-352

     Second generation 8x10" b&w photo of Graf Zeppelin approaching the Lakehurst NAS Dock.  Text at the bottom speaks to the various stops over the three weeks of the flight and of the two USN passengers Rosendahl and Richardson.  Copyright by Aero Service Corp.  Very good.

    Price: $15.00
    $15.00
    21-ZEPP-352
  • U.S.S. Akron Photo in Duralumin Frame from Airship Construction - 1931

    SKU: 21-ZEPP-351

     Photo is of the Akron on first roll-out on October 21, 1931.  Likely this piece commemorated the christening of the Akron on Oct 27, 1931; perhaps given to distinguished guests.  Detailed label on reverse says the frame is aluminum but the corners are from actual Akron Duralumin from construction.  The center paragraph on the label gives specifications of the Goodyear-Zeppelin Dock while the bottom paragraph gives Akron Specs in comparison to the Graf Zeppelin.  Frame is 10x8", very good condition.  

    Price: $475.00
    $475.00
    21-ZEPP-351
  • Airship "Akron" Duralumin Ashtray

    SKU: 21-ZEPP-350

     Stamped ashtray (4.5" diameter) with text around the flat:  "Duralumin", "Used in the Airship Akron", "Goodyear Zeppelin Corporation".  Additionally there is a 1.25" shield picturing the Akron in the center-bottom with similar text to that stamped on the lip of the ashtray.  Very good.  One of the nicer Akron souvenirs and in very good condition.

    Price: $85.00
    $85.00
    21-ZEPP-350
  • First Aerial Voyage Across the English Channel - 1955

    SKU: 21-ZEPP-349

     (Staff of the Public Library of Fort Wayne and Allen County). First Aerial Voyage Across the English Channel, Diary of Dr. John Jeffries, the Aeronaut.  24pp, illus, wrps, 6.5x9.5".  Reprint of an article first published in the Magazine of American History, Jan 1885.  Jeffries was an American medical doctor whose family came to America from England in 1677.  Jeffries crossed the Channel in 1785 with Aeronaut Blanchard.  Very good; some cover toning.

    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
    21-ZEPP-349
  • Misc. Airship Parts Lot - circa 1937

    SKU: 21-ZEPP-348

     A group of aluminum and steel relic pieces, reportably from an airship circa 1937.  Two of the items bear tags from a Florida antique shop which would provide a start for more provenance research.  The items ae roughly:  1) a u-shaped riveted girder piece, about 6" on a side, 2) a steel turnbuckle with rubber grommets in the ends and a wire at one end (control cable?), 3) a small (4") aluminum girder piece with two smaller pieces riveted at one end, 4) a large (3.5") wing nut with a 1/2" threaded center, and 5) a bundle of about 50 aluminum tubes (6" long) that look like they might be cut from a radiator; some are loose, others fused together.  Of course, the "story" is that these are from the Hindenberg!  All in relic condition as you might expect.  SOLD

    Price: $0.00
    $0.00
    21-ZEPP-348