Post by PostmasterGS on Jan 7, 2018 19:45:55 GMT -5
1929 Weltrundfahrt (Round-the-World Flight)
From 7 August-4 September 1929, the Graf Zeppelin (LZ-127) made a round-the-world flight beginning in Lakehurst, NJ. The Graf Zeppelin flew east to Friedrichshafen, then to Tokyo, Los Angeles, Lakehurst, and back to Friedrichshafen.
Due to the volume of mail and the number of stops, numerous cancels and cachets exist.
Mail loaded in Lakehurst bears a purple confirmation stamp.
The largest quantity of mail (25,059 pieces) was loaded in Lakehurst and dropped at the first stop on the trip, the first Friedrichshafen landing on 10 August 1929. Much of this mail received an arrival cancel from Friedrichshafen.
Post by PostmasterGS on Jan 20, 2018 17:37:29 GMT -5
1931 Ungarnfahrt (1931 Hungary Flight)
On 28 March 1931, the Graf Zeppelin (LZ-127) departed Friedrichshafen for Budapest. It landed in Budapest on the morning of 29 March, made a 9-hour round-trip flight over Hungary, then departed Budapest the same afternoon, arriving at Friedrichshafen on the morning of 30 March 1931.
Mail transported bears a cancel from Friedrichshafen, on-board, or one of nine treaty states.
All mail also carries a red confirmation cachet and a red arrival cachet.
Mail from the Friedrichshafen-to-Budapest leg bears a Budapest arrival cancel.
Post by PostmasterGS on Feb 4, 2018 0:11:07 GMT -5
1932 Englandfahrt (1932 England Flight)
On 2 July 1932, the Graf Zeppelin (LZ-127) departed Friedrichshafen for London. After arriving in London, the Graf Zeppelin made two local roundtrip flights before departing for Friedrichshafen, arriving on 4 July 1932.
Mail carried on board typically bears a Friedrichshafen or on-board cancel.
Post by PostmasterGS on Sept 15, 2018 14:44:13 GMT -5
Here are a few more from the 1932 Netherlands Flight previously mentioned here. All album page images link to larger copies.
The previous cards shown in this thread were all either on-board cancels or Netherlands mail from the return flight. These three cards are from the outbound flight, but cancelled at Friedrichshafen rather than on-board.
Friedrichshafen Cancel from 1932 Netherlands Flight
The primary difference in these three cards is the location at which each was dropped -- Enschede (Si 164Aa), Groningen (Si 164Ba), or Rotterdam (Si 164Ca).
Friedrichshafen cancel, dropped at Enschede (Si 164Aa)
Friedrichshafen cancel, dropped at Enschede (Si 164Aa) on album page
Friedrichshafen cancel, dropped at Groningen (Si 164Ba)
Friedrichshafen cancel, dropped at Groningen (Si 164Ba) on album page
Friedrichshafen cancel, dropped at Rotterdam (Si 164Ca) (missing Rotterdam arrival cancel, as was common)
Friedrichshafen cancel, dropped at Rotterdam (Si 164Ca) on album page
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