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In the period prior to and immediately after World War I, the Luftschiffbau Zeppelin operated excursion flights within Germany. In the mid to late 1930s, they added regularly scheduled passenger flights to both Rio de Janaro in Brazil and Lakehurst, New Jersey in the United States. The "Graf Zeppelin" and "Hindenburg" were to be the forerunners of a transatlantic dirigible fleet. The Goodyear-Zeppelin Corporation (Akron, Ohio) was formed to manufacture passenger airships for this purpose. While the Goodyear-Zeppelin Corporation did manufacture airships for the U.S. Navy, the commercial venture never got off the ground. The commercial Zeppelins logged in over 1,000,000 miles without loss of life.

To advertise its flights, posters were commisioned by the Zeppelin-Hamburg Line. Post offices of various countries issued special airmail stamps. Medalions were struck comemorating flights. The resulting images were of outstanding quality, brilliant and to the point.

If you are aware of a source from which copies of these magnificent works can be obtained, or if you know how these works came into being, please let me know.

 


Brochures

Title: 2 1/2 Days to Europe
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Publisher: Deutsche-Zeppelin-Reederei, G.m.b.H., 1936, facsimilie 1990
Media: Brochure
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Journal of Decorative and Propaganda Arts: 15, p. 49


Title: Und nun uber den Nordatlantik
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Publisher: Deutsche-Zeppelin-Reederei, G.m.b.H., 1936, facsimilie 1990
Media: Brochure
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Illustrations

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Publisher: Imperial Hotel, Tokyo(?), 1929
Media: Menu cover
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Rick Archbold: The Hindenburg, An Illustrated History: page 115. The caption reads: "A menu cover from the Tokyo - Los Angeles leg of the voyage." This round-the-world flight occured in 1929. In the back of the book the illustration credit reads: "Collection of Dennis Kromm." Kromm is listed in the acknowledgements section as thanking Douglas Robinson.


Labels

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Publisher: American Airlines
Media: Luggage label
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MEDALS

ZEPPELIN (Graf).

Silver coin struck to record the world-flight of the Graf Zeppelin. It measures 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Milled edge. 1929.

The obverse of the medal shows the German eagle with inscription over, "Deutsches Reich 1930 5 Reichsmark"; on the reverse appears the Graf Zeppelin flying across the globe, surrounding this the inscription "Graf Zeppelin Weltflug 1929."

The History of Flight, pg. 231 (Maggs Bros., 1936)


Posters

Title: In 2 Days to North America
Designer: Jupp Wiertz (German, 1888-1939)
Publisher: Hamburg-American Line, North German Lloyd, Hamburg, Germany
Media: Poster, commercial color lithograph
Size: ? [approx: 33 9/16 x 23 5/16 inches (85.2 x 59.1 cm)]

 

Title: 2 Days to Europe
Designer: Jupp Wiertz (German, 1888-1939)
Publisher: Hamburg-American Line, North German Lloyd, Hamburg, Germany
Media: Poster, commercial color lithograph
Size: 33 9/16 x 23 5/16 inches (85.2 x 59.1 cm)

Wolfsonian

 

Title: In 3 Days to South America
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Publisher: Hamburg-American Line
Media: Poster, commercial color lithograph
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Title: Sailing & Rates
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Publisher: German Zeppelin Transport Co, 193?
Media: Poster
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Title: A Pleasant Trip to Germany
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Publisher: German National Railways?, 1936-7
Media: Poster
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Journal of Decorative and Propaganda Arts: 15, p. 58

Title: Traversez L'Atlantique en 2 Jours
Designer:
Publisher: Deutche Zeppelin-Reederei, 1936
Media: Poster, commercial color lithograph
Size: 8 1/2 x 11 3/4 in.

Journal of Decorative and Propaganda Arts: 15, p. 54

 

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Title: Marineluftschiff L59 mit Maybach-Moteren
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Publisher: Maybach-Motoren, G.m.b.H., March 1919
Media: Poster
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Aramco World: Jul-Aug 1994, pg. 12

 

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