The collection of Zeppelin flights is among the most classic and interesting in aerofilatelia. Over time it has varied in its specializations, focusing more and more, according to their rarity, on “genuine” and not very philatelic correspondences.
On board these airships the comfort was equal to that of the most luxurious cruise ships and the enthusiasm for these trips conquered the world, attracting the attention of the main tourist agencies. Among the passengers were journalists and photographers, soldiers and tourists (many Americans and Japanese), all interested in closely following the airship flight which opened new horizons for communications and presented the airship as the new fast and comfortable means of transport. It was a huge commercial success, to the point that Zeppelin flights were also used by the German postal service for the transport of mail to South America, in combination with the Deutsche Lufthansa violations.
A success that lasted for a few years, with flights that followed one another with great frequency, covering the whole known world, until the disaster of 1937, which occurred to the airship LZ.129 Hindenburg, at the time of docking at the mooring pylon of Lakehurst, near New York, where these giants of the air had docked so many times. After this episode, Germany canceled transoceanic flights and withdrew the airship LZ.127 Graf Zeppelin from service upon its return to Germany from South America on May 8, 1937.
Flavio Riccitelli Introduction To keep alive the attention of world public opinion on the airship and in particular on the LZ.127 “Graf Zeppelin”, which had started a long series of regular commercial flights to South America with transport of passengers, goods and mail, was its short flight to Rome, carried out in May 1933 beforeContinue reading “Airship LZ.127 “GRAF ZEPPELIN” the flight to ROME”
John Duggan John Duggan was a famous English scholar who published numerous studies and books on Zeppelins as well as editor for many years of the magazine “Zeppelin” (A Study Group Newsletter). Without his passion which led to the writing of several publications, future Zeppelin collectors would not have been able to count on aContinue reading “Welcome to ZEPPELIN mail collecting”