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"Graf Zeppelin" Air-Mail Stamps -- Issue of 1930

This special series of air-mail stamps was issued for use on mail matter carried on the first Europe-Pan American round-trip flight of the Graf Zeppelin in May 1930. This series contains three stamps in denominations of 65 cents, $1.30, and $2.60.

The stamps are the same shape and size as the air-mail stamps of 1926-27, 75/1000 by 1 84/100 inches, and are described as follows;

The border design is the same for each stamp, with the necessary change of numerals representing the value. At the top of the stamp in a dark panel are the words "Graf Zeppelin" with the words "Europe-Pan America flight" directly underneath. At the bottom of the stamp in a dark panel appear the words "United States postage" and within circles in both lower corners are the numerals showing the denomination.

US C13

The 65-cent stamp is printed in green and contains as the central design a representation of the Graf Zeppelin in flight across the Atlantic Ocean in an eastward direction.

US C13

  • 4/19/30
  • 65c
  • Graf Zeppelin Europa-Pan American Round Trip Flight
US C14

In the $1.30 stamp the airship is shownsailing westward between between partial outlines of the eastern and western continents. This stamp is printed in brown.


US C14

  • 4/19/30
  • $1.30
  • Graf Zeppelin Europa-Pan American Flight
US C15

The design of the $2.60 stamp shows the Graf Zeppelin emerging from the clouds, passing a globe representing the earth, and traveling toward the West. This stamp is printed in blue.


US C15

  • 4/19/30
  • $2.60
  • Graf Zeppelin Europa-Pan American Flight



The Graf Zeppelin stamps were first placed on sale at the post office, Washington, D.C., and the Philatelic Agency on April 19, 1930. The stamps were placed on sale at the following additional post offices on April 21, 1930: (list omitted).

The Zeppelin stamps were withdrawn from sale in the post offices on June 7, 1930, but the stamps were continued on sale in the Philatelic Agency for the benefit of stamp collectors untill June 30, 1930.

United States Postage Stamps, 1847-1965.

1,000,000 of each denomination were issued, and remainders were afterwards destroyed. The mail, when closed, was sent to Germany by boat, and then picked up at Friedrichshafen by the Zeppelin. The 65c. and $1.30 values were used for postcards and letters respectively carried on the last lap of the journey, i.e., U.S.A. to Seville and Friedrichshafen. The $1.30 and $2.60 values were used for postcards and letters respectively carried on the round flight, i.e., Friedrichshafen-Friedrichshafen or Seville.

The History of Flight, pg. 213 (Maggs Bros., 1936).


Special "Graf Zeppelin" Air-Mail Stamp (50-¢) -- Issue of 1933

US C18

This special stamp provided for use on air-matter carried on the flight of the Graf Zeppelin to the Century of Progress Exposition, in October [2nd] 1933.

US C18

  • 10/2/33
  • 50c
  • Graf Zeppelin-Century of Progress Flight
  • Chicago Worlds Fair


Recess-printed in long transverse format on white wove paper by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Washington.

The History of Flight, pg. 221 (Maggs Bros., 1936)


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