1928 First Flight Us Airmail Graf Zeppelin Cover To Germany Zeppelin Mail #2 For SaleVery rare and original, 1928 Graf Zeppelin "First Flight Airmail" cancellation on an Envelope sent from Hartford, Connecticut to Germany on the first Air Mail Flight of the Graf Zeppelin from the United States to Germany.
This somewhat complex Cover measures approx. 7 1/2" by 4" carries five 20 cent United States Airmail Stamps (Scott #C9) and a 5 cent Theodore Roosevelt (Scott #557) tied by October 24, 1928 Hartford, Connecticut postmarks. There is also a large, pictorial ink stamp depicting the Graf Zeppelin and maps of North America and Europe with text that reads "First Flight Air Mail / Via Graf Zeppelin / United States - Germany / Oct 28 1928". There is also a November 1, 1928 postmark on the reverse from Friedrichshafen, Germany.
Besides the attractive, manuscript address on the front of the Cover there is a notation in the same hand that reads "Airshipp Graf Zeppelin".
LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin had a long and celebrated career in Air Mail Service. Within weeks of its first flight in September 1928, the Graf Zeppelin carried the first airmail to go directly from Germany to the US and vice versa. Germany issued special 2-mark and 4-mark stamps for the occasion. On the return trip, the zeppelin carried almost 52,000 postcards and 50,000 letters. In 1929, Graf Zeppelin circled the globe, with stops in Tokyo and Los Angeles. By the time it was taken out of service in June 1937, the zeppelin had made 590 flights, each flight carrying up to 12 tons of mail to and from dozens of countries around the world.
PLEASE NOTE: We are NOT Stamp Dealers and know very little about Postal History Covers / Postmarks or Zeppelin Mail - we have attempted to research this Airmail / Zeppelin cache online as best we can but please forgive us if some of this description does not conform to usual Postage Stamp listing formats. See the scans below in order to identify the Issue / Cover being sold and remember that it is unconditionally guaranteed to be original and authentic.
This rare and fascinating, 1928 "First Flight" Graf Zeppelin Mail Cover is in good to very good condition - with a central, vertical crease and a stain at the lower left hand corner but otherwise well preserved and attractive.
A rare and wonderful, 1928 Graf Zeppelin "First Flight Airmail" Cover / Envelope and a fantastic addition to any collection!!!
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