This cover was flown on the Graf
Zeppelin in 1929. The
stamp is the German 2 Mark - Air Mail stamp
"Graf Zeppelin crossing the Ocean"
issued in on September
20, 1928. The color is "ultra"
and it is listed as C36 in the Scott
Catalog. It lists for $90.00 on cover.
This philatelically sent card has an interesting
history. The cover is dated May 12, 1929
on the reverse and was sent from Karl Becker
in Germany. It is addressed to Adolf
Heller in Providence, Rhode Island.
From the message on the reverse it is probable that the card was sent either as
a favor or from a dealer. The card was originally posted
at Friedrichshafen on May
15, 1929 and placed in the Graf Zeppelin mail. This would have
been the first trans-Atlantic flight of 1929, however the Graf
Zeppelin developed engine problems
over France and the flight was aborted.
I don't have a date for when the flight was
rescheduled, however the Graf Zeppelin arrived
in Lakehurst, New Jersey on August
4th of that year as indicated by the New
York - August 5, 1929 Receiving Cancel. The cover was then sent
via inland mail to the recipient in Providence,
What makes the events surrounding the delay of
this card even more interesting, is that William
Randolph Hurst had financed an "Around
the World Trip" by the airship to begin in Lakehurst,
New Jersey on August 8, 1929.
This card was carried on the trip from Germany to Lakehurst, which was not
officially a part of the globe circling effort as the official
trip was to start
from American soil. Three days later
on August 8, 1929 the Graf Zeppelin departed
on her historic around the world trip.
The airship made only two stops on
this trip; Tokyo, Japan and Los
Angeles, California before returning
to Lakehurst, New Jersey on August 29th.
The Zeppelins are named
after Count Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin,
who built the first successful rigid
dirigible airship; the LZ-1
which was first flown on July
The Graf Zeppelin
was constructed in the mid
1920s after Germany was allowed to return to civilian aviation. (Treaty
of Versailles). Her first
trans-Atlantic flight was conducted on September
28, 1928. She logged over 1 million
miles in flight during her ten years
of service including 144 Atlantic crossings.
She was retired from service in 1938
after the horrific crash of the Hindenburg
in 1937 effectively ended the era of
was the German terminus for the
flights of both the Graf Zeppelin
and the Hindenburg. It was also the
home of the airship company that built them. The town is located
on the northern shore of Lake Constance
in southern Germany and near the borders
of both Switzerland and Austria.
Population in 2004 was estimated at 57,680.
United States Issued - 50 Cent Baby Zepp