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Graf Zeppelin LZ 127 Flights: German
 
 
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Lot 99

1928 (Sep 20), Southwest Germany Flight, Offenburg drop (Michel 2c), Otto Amtsberg Zeppelin-Eckener Fund card (Frost P 6a-4) unfranked with blue manuscript "15" due and red boxed "Nachgebühr" handstamp; red onboard flight cachet/cancel, Offenburg c.d.s.; addressed by Capt. Albert Lehmann to himself in Friedrichshafen, Very Fine.
Sieger 021. IIb; €500+ ($530).
Michel €450+ ($480).
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$150
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Lot 100

1928 (Oct 2-3), Southwest Germany Flight, Würzburg drop (Michel 5 I c), Zeppelin card (showing a typical passenger cabin) franked with 10pf Eagle tied by Würzburg Autopost slogan cancel, red onboard flight cachet/cancel, Very Fine.
Sieger 021. IVb; €750 ($800).
Michel €380 ($400).
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$180
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Lot 101

1928 (Oct 29-Nov 1), America Flight, Lakehurst - Friedrichshafen, Radolfzell drop (Michel 8 I a), Otto Amtsberg Zeppelin-Eckener Fund card (Frost P 6a-2) with red Oct 31 onboard cachet/cancel, dropped with 8pf Ebert tied by Radolfzell c.d.s., Jan 9, 1929, Very Fine.
Sieger 21. l; €500 ($530).
Michel €500 ($530).
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$150
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Lot 102

1929 (Feb 4), Württemburg Flight, Friedrichshafen mailing and Ravensburg drop (Michel 12, 12 I c), first is a real photo postcard of the Graf Zeppelin coming out of its hanger franked with 3pf Ebert & 5pf Eagle tied by Friedrichshafen c.d.s.; the other a Zeppelin-Eckener Fund card (Frost P 6c) unfranked with blue manuscript "15" due and red oval "Nachgebühr" handstamp, Ravensburg c.d.s.; both with red flight cachet/cancels, Very Fine.
Sieger 022. IVb, c; €550 ($590).
Michel €550 ($590).
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$160
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Lot 103

1929 (Feb 22), Workshop Flight, Mecklenbeuren drop (Michel 16 I a), Zeppelin card (airship in flight) franked on picture side with 10pf Eagle tied by Mecklenbeuren c.d.s.; red onboard flight cachet/cancel, Very Fine.
Sieger 022. VIIIa; €500 ($530).
Michel €300 ($320).
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 104

1929 (Mar 25-May 2), Orient, Mediterranean & Austria Flights (Michel 18/21), group containing Orient Flight (7) including an Er Ramle drop with Er Ramle receiver and a Rome drop but with ROMA CENTRO receiving c.d.s. with hour 12 time indication (forgery?); Mediterranean Flight (4) including a San Remo drop; and Austria Flight, Vienna drop without franking or postage due, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $250 - 350.
Current Bid$225
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Lot 105

1929 (Jul 27), Workshop Flight, Saulgau drop (Michel 25 I d), real photo Zeppelin card (Airship landing at Friedrichshafen) franked on picture side with 3pf Ebert tied by Saulgau c.d.s.; red onboard flight cachet/cancel, Very Fine.
Sieger 026. IIaa; €1,000 ($1,070).
Michel €600 ($640).
Estimate $350 - 500.
Current Bid$200
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Lot 106

1929 (Jul 28), Southwest Germany Flight, Saulgau drop (Michel 26 a), real photo Zeppelin card (Airship over Lake Constance with Castle Church in background) franked with 3pf Ebert tied by Stuttgart c.d.s.; red onboard flight cachet/cancel.
Sieger 026. IIIa; €500 ($530).
Michel €320 ($340).
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 107

1929 (Aug 1-5), America Flight, Friedrichshafen - Lakehurst, Ponta Delgada drop (Michel 27 I b), real photo Zeppelin postcard franked with 2m Zeppelin (C36) tied by onboard cancel, blue flight cachet and Ponta Delgada receiver, Aug 10, Very Fine.
Sieger 27bI; €750 ($800).
Michel €600 ($640).
Estimate $250 - 350.
Current Bid$200
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Lot 108

1929 (Aug 15-Sep 4) Round-the-World Flight, four legs (Michel 29a-32a), three covers and a card, Friedrichshafen to Tokyo, to Los Angeles, to Lakehurst and to Friedrichshafen (the card), all franked with 2m and/or 4m Zeppelins (C36-37) with flight cachets and appropriate backstamps; also includes an unused Japanese postcard of the Zeppelin over Tokyo, Very Fine.
Sieger 30Aa-d; €940 ($1,000).
Michel €245+ ($260).
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$425
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Lot 109

1929 (Aug 15-Sep 4) Round-the-World Flight, Berlin drop (Michel 29 I), Zeppelin photo card red onboard catchet/cancel of Aug 15, franked with 8pf Ebert tied by Berlin c.d.s. of the same date, Very Fine.
Sieger 30 m; €1,000 ($1,070).
Michel €700 ($750).
Estimate $300 - 400.
Current Bid$150
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Lot 110

1929 (Sep 11-12), Germany Flight, Düsseldorf, Dortmund & Bielefeld drops (Michel 33 I a, b, e), first two are Zeppelin photo cards franked with 3pf Eberts, last is a cover to Switzerland franked with a 25pf Hindenburg; all canceled Sep 12 with red flight cachet/cancel, Very Fine.
Sieger 33. a, b, e; €850 ($910).
Michel €730 ($780).
Estimate $350 - 500.
Current Bid$180
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Lot 111

1929 (Sep 11-12), Germany Flight, Hannover drop (Michel 33 I h), cover franked with two 8pf Eberts tied by Hannover c.d.s.; with red flight cachet/cancel and private cachets commemorating the Airship's return from its Round-the-World journey, Very Fine.
Sieger 33. h; €500 ($530).
Michel €600 ($640).
Estimate $300 - 400.
Current Bid$150
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Lot 112

1929 (Sep 17-18), Germany Flight, eight different drops (Michel 34 I c/n), comprising Simmern, Brand/ Aachen, Eschweiler, Aachen, Osnabrük, Oldenburg and Hamburg; all with the red onboard cachet/cancel, Very Fine. A scarce group.
Michel €2,220 ($2,370).
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Current Bid$375
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Lot 113

1929 (Sep 26-Oct 6), Switzerland flights, six different (Michel 35/40), Sep 26, drops to Basel, Lausanne, Geneva & Zurich, Sep 28, Zurich drop, Oct 2, Biel drop, and Oct 6, mixed German/Swiss franking, onboard and Zurich Airfield cancels, Very Fine.
Michel €1,920 ($2,050).
Estimate $600 - 800.
Current Bid$450
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Lot 114

1929 (Oct 1), Bavaria Flight, Lanshut & Munich drops (Michel 38 I d, e), two picture postcards posted onboard, the first with red flight cachet/cancel, second with red Munich Airmail handstamp, Very Fine.
Sieger 38. d, e; €500 ($530).
Michel €425 ($450).
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 115

1929 (Oct 15-17), Balkan & Silesia Flights, various drops (Michel 42 I c, 42 II, etc.;), four cards: official Bucharest drop (photo of Do-X), Breslau wild drop (photo of Airship on the rise), semi-official Betheun drop ("Leaving Saverne, Elsass"), semi-official Gleiwitz drop (Zeppelin-Eckener Fund portrait of Count von Zeppelin); last with light corner bend, Very Fine.
Sieger 42. B, 43. B, 43. c, d; €1,110 ($1,180).
Michel €980 ($1,040).
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$150
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Lot 116

1929 (Nov 15), 50th Flight to Switzerland, St. Gallen & Romanshorn drops (Michel 50 I c, e), two covers franked with 1m Eagles, St. Gallen drop with onboard cancel of Nov 9 (from Frankfurt Flight), Romanshorn with type b onboard cancel, Nov 15, is a Roessler cover with his "53¢/ $1.05" Zeppelin label on reverse, Very Fine.
Sieger 50. BI, C; €1,000 ($1,070).
Michel €530 ($560).
Estimate $250 - 350.
Current Bid$130
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Lot 117

1929 (Feb 22), Workshop Flight, Romanshorn drop (Michel 16 I c), Otto Amtsberg Zeppelin-Eckener Fund card (Frost P 6a-1) unfranked with blue manuscript "35" due and large "T" handstamp; red onboard flight cachet/cancel, Romanshorn c.d.s, Feb 25.; addressed by Capt. Albert Lehmann to Glaus, Switzerland and signed "Grüss Albert", Very Fine.
Sieger 022. VIIIb; €400+ ($430).
Michel €300+ ($320).
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 118

1930 (May 18-24), South America Flight (Michel 62/63), nine covers including Friedrichshafen - Seville (1st landing): two covers & three cards, a card with onboard cancel and another with Roessler Eckener cachet; also Friedrichshafen - Recife card with 2m South America Flight Zeppelin (light crease in stamp), plus a card originating in Liechtenstein and another in Saar; and finally a Friedrichshafen - Bahia card with a 2m South America Flight Zeppelin tied by onboard cancel.
Sieger 57 vars.
Michel €2,060 ($2,200).
Estimate $350 - 500.
Current Bid$250
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Lot 119

1930 (May 18-24), South America Flight, Praia drop (Michel 63 I b), card franked with 2m South America Flight Zeppelin tied by onboard cancel, May 19, with red flight cachet and Praia, Cape Verde receiver, May 21, Very Fine.
Sieger 57bb; €675 ($720).
Michel €460 ($490).
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 120

1930 (May 18-24), South America Flight, Bahia drop (Michel 64 I b), card and cover franked with 2m & 4m South America Flight Zeppelin, respectively, tied by onboard cancels, May 19, with flight cachets and Bahia receivers, Very Fine.
Sieger 57bb; €1,525 ($1,630).
Michel €900 ($960).
Estimate $300 - 400.
Current Bid$150
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Lot 121

1930 (Sep 2-3), Kassel Flight, Friedrichshafen - Kassel & Return (Michel 116, 116g, 118b), four different: card and cover to Kassel, both with onboard cancel and type II flight cachet, franked with 1m Eagle and 2m Zeppelin, respectively; also a cover originating in Liechtenstein franked with C1-5 + 101 canceled Aug 31 and flown Friedrichshafen - Kassel; and card franked with 1m Eagle and flown Kassel - Friedrichshafen with type II flight cachet and Friedrichshafen receiver, Very Fine.
Sieger 82. Ad, Cb; €770 ($820).
Michel €750 ($800).
Estimate $300 - 400.
Current Bid$150
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Lot 122

1930 (Sep 9-11), Moscow Flight & Return (Michel 121, 122 A e), card originating in Danzig franked with 1.50g postage canceled Sep 5 with red flight cachet and Moscow receiver; also card franked with 60k postage (3x 20k+2k B56) tied by small Moscow c.d.s. with red flight cachet and Friedrichshafen receiver, Very Fine.
Sieger 84, 85D; €400+ ($430).
Michel €700 ($750).
Estimate $250 - 350.
Current Bid$140
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Lot 123

1930 (Sep 23-25), Baltic Sea Flight (Michel 127b/128Aa), six cards and a cover comprising Friedrichshafen - Berlin, Friedrichshafen - Riga, Friedrichshafen - Tallinn (cover originating in Switzerland), Friedrichshafen - Helsinki (2: Berlin & onboard cancels), Friedrichshafen - Stockholm, and Helsinki - Friedrichshafen with Finland Zeppelin overprint; all Friedrichshafen origins bear onboard cancels, Very Fine.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$200
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Lot 124

1931 (Apr 9-11), Egypt Flight, Palestine round trip (Michel 166), two real photo Zeppelin postcards franked with 1m Eagles tied by onboard cancels (Apr 9) with red flight cachets and Cairo Zeppelin cancels (Apr 11), one to Tel Aviv with Apr 12 receiver, the other addressed to Germany with no receiving postmark.
Sieger 104c; €1,000 ($1,070).
Michel €360+ ($380).
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$120
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Lot 125

1931 (May 5), Bavarian Auto Club Flight to Switzerland (Michel 170), real photo Zeppelin postcard (landing maneuver) franked with 1m Eagle tied by onboard cancel, Very Fine.
Sieger 0106I; €350 ($370).
Michel €320 ($340).
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 126

1931 (May 12-15), Baltic Sea Year Flight (Michel 173a/178b), seven cards and a cover including 3 Copenhagen drops, various frankings, Very Fine.
Sieger 108Ab//108Cd; €670 ($710).
Michel €590 ($630).
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$200
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Lot 127

1931 (Jun 2), Short Flight to Switzerland (Michel 179), real photo Zeppelin postcard (Zeppelin in flight over Lake Constance with the Kurgarten Hotel in foreground) franked with 1m Zeppelin tied by onboard cancel, Very Fine.
Sieger 0108I; €300 ($320).
Michel €300 ($320).
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 128

1931 (Jun 30-Jul 3), Iceland Flight, Friedrichshafen - Reykjavik group (Michel 193 I, Ia, Ib), a cover and four cards: one card franked with 1m Zeppelin tied by onboard cancel, cover franked with 2m Zeppelin tied by Friedrichshafen cancel, and two cards originating in Netherlands, one being on a colorful, professionally handmade album page (text in Dutch).
Michel €420 ($450).
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$150
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Lot 129

1931 (Jul 26-27), Polar Flight, Friedrichshafen - Malyguin (Michel 204a), 8pf postal card with 2m Polar Flight Zeppelin (C41) tied (on back) by Friedrichshafen c.d.s., Jul 24, with red flight cachet on front and Malyguin receivers front and back; addressed to San José, Costa Rica, with San José receiver on back, Fine to Very Fine. A rare destination.
Sieger 119. F; €400 ($430).
Michel €310 ($330).
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$110
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Lot 130

1931 (Aug 29-Sep 1), First South America Flight (Michel 216e, f, Ic), a card and two covers with onboard cancels, the card franked with 2m Zeppelin, dropped to Praia, mounted on a colorful, professionally handmade album page (text in Dutch); the covers, with 4m Zeppelins, to Rio de Janeiro and to Recife, Very Fine.
Sieger 124Ab, Bb, Cb; €500 ($530).
Michel €230 ($240).
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$120
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Lot 131

1931 (Oct 17-28), Third South America Flight (Michel 229/231), two covers Friedrichshafen - Recife, one at the 1m printed matter rate with red advertising handstamp; a card and cover flown Round Trip with German & Brazilian franking; and registered cover originating in Vienna and flown Friedrichshafen - Recife with red advertising handstamp; the last on a colorful, professionally handmade album page (text in Dutch).
Sieger 133/133D; €680 ($720).
Michel €480 ($510).
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$150
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Lot 132

1932, First through Ninth South America Flights (Michel 234//286), nine covers, 1st originated in Netherlands, 2nd in Austria (Austrian & German franking); 3rd, 6th, 8th & 9th are onboard cancels, seven of the nine are on colorful, professionally handmade album pages (text in Dutch).
Sieger 138//195.
Michel €890 ($950).
Estimate $250 - 350.
Current Bid$250
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Lot 133

1932 (May 29), ADAC Flight (Michel 243), Zeppelin card franked with two 50pf Eagles, each tied by an onboard cancel, Very Fine.
Sieger 163I; €450 ($480).
Michel €200 ($210).
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 134

1932 (Aug 23), Short Flight to Switzerland (Michel 270/271), real photo Zeppelin card ("Lead Gondola") franked with 50pf Eagle & 25pf Hindenburg tied by onboard cancel, Very Fine.
Sieger 170VI; €350 ($370).
Michel €300 ($320).
Estimate $150 - 200

Two flights to Switzerland were made on this date, the first departing at 6:01 a.m. and returning at 8:29 a.m., the second departing at 8:40 (after just 11 minutes!) and returning at 4:16 p.m. It is impossible to distinguish one flight's mail from the other's.

Current Bid$80
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Lot 135

1933 (May 26-Jul 18), Swiss Flight (Michel 299/321), five cards, all with onboard cancels: May 26 (2), Jun 20, Jun 22 and Jul 18; first two and fourth on 6pf Zeppelin view postal cards, Very Fine.
Sieger 0206I/222. B; €1,365 ($1,460).
Michel €1,450 ($1,550).
Estimate $500 - 750.
Current Bid$300
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Lot 136

1933 (May 29), Rome Flight, plus Livorno & Naples drops (Michel 302, 302 I c, 302 var.), three cards with onboard cancels, Rome & Naples are real photo Zeppelin cards, Very Fine.
Sieger 207. Ab, Bb, Db; €550 ($590).
Michel €380+ ($400).
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$150
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Lot 137

1933 (Aug 5-15), Fourth South America Flight (Michel 323/326), five covers and two cards including Great Britain to Recife with Berlin connecting flight cachet, mounted on a colorful, professionally handmade album page (text in Dutch), Germany to Recife and onboard mail Brazil - Seville and Brazil - Friedrichshafen, plus three Brazil Rio - Recife and Porto Alegro and Rio to Friedrichshafen, Fine to Very Fine.
Sieger 223/224.
Michel €615 ($660).
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$200
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Lot 138

1933 (Aug 19-29), Fifth South America Flight (Michel 327/331), three covers and five cards including Germany, three cards posted aboard the Airship: to Recife with 1.40m Sieger postage meter; Recife - Seville; and Recife - Friedrichshafen also Brazil Rio - Recife and Recife - Rio, plus two commercial cover, Recife - Friedrichshafen and a commercial cover Friedrichshafen - Recife, Fine to Very Fine.
Sieger 226/227.
Michel €740 ($790).
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$200
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Lot 139

1933 (Sep 16-26), Seventh South America Flight, Round Trip, mixed franking (Michel 337/340), cover franked with 1m Zeppelin & 50pf Hindenburg canceled at the onboard Post Office on Sep 18 and backstamped Pernambuco the next day; then franked with 4,200r tied by Pernambuco c.d.s.s, Sep 22; German and Brazilian flight cachets and Friedrichshafen backstamp on Sep 26, Very Fine, this mixed franking round trip cover is not listed by either Sieger of Michel.
Sieger 332/333.
Michel €580 ($620).
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$300
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Lot 140

1933 (Oct 14-23), Chicago Flight, Friedrichshafen - Miami (Michel 350a), cover franked with 2.75m postage including a 2m South America Flight Zeppelin (C44) tied by Friedrichshafen c.d.s.s, Oct 14, with red flight cachet and Miami backstamp, Very Fine.
Sieger 238Baa; €375 ($400).
Michel €250 ($270).
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$150
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Lot 141

1933 (Oct 21-23), Chicago Flight, Recife - Miami (Michel 350d), card franked with 75pf postage (front & back) including a 6pf Hindenburg tête-bêche gutter block of eight (Mi. KZ 18) canceled at the onboard post office on Oct 20, with red flight cachet front & back and Miami receiver, Fine to Very Fine.
Sieger 238Bab; €400 ($430).
Michel €750 ($800).
Estimate $250 - 350.
Current Bid$130
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Lot 142

1934 (Aug/Sep), Sixth & Eighth South America Flights, Round Trip (Michel 389e/393, 401e/404), two cards with German franking tied by onboard cancels, Aug 20 and Sep 16, respectively, and Brazilian franking tied by Pernambuco c.d.s.s, Aug 24 & Sep 21; each with small on board stamp and Friedrichshafen receiver, Very Fine, Not listed by either Michel or Sieger.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Current Bid$400
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Lot 143

1935 (Sep 1-5), Eleventh South America Flight, Recife - Friedrichshafen (Michel 475), Zeppelin postcard franked with 1m Zeppelin and 40pf Eagle tied by onboard cancel, Sep 2, with red "d" flight cachet; written by passenger Alec Wiley to friends in the U.S., "Had gorgeous time in Rio and am now flying over African coast. Graf is fascinating.", Very Fine.
Sieger 317C; €150+ ($160).
Michel €100+ ($110).
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 144
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1935 (Sep 9-12), Twelfth South America Flight, Friedrichshafen - Recife (Michel 476 c), full mailing label on neatly trimmed piece of gray cardboard parcel, franked with 1.75m postage tied by Stuttgart c.d.s.s, Sep 9, with green customs label, red Stuttgart "e" flight cachet and Recife receiver, Very Fine, most unusual.
Sieger 319B; €70+ ($80).
Michel €100+ ($110).
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 145

1935 (Sep 23-26), Thirteenth South America Flight, Friedrichshafen - Recife (Michel 480 d), cover franked with 1.51m postage including 1m Zeppelin and two sets of the 1935 Nazi Congress Issue tied by onboard cancels, Oct 25, with red "d" flight cachet and Recife backstamp; sent by "First Flighter" Clara Adams to herself in Pernambuco, with her return address, and in effect, her autograph, at the Kurgarten Hotel in Friedrichshafen on the back flap, Very Fine.
Sieger 322A; €80+ ($80).
Michel €70+ ($80).
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$120
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Lot 146

1935 (Dec 4-6), Sixteenth South America Flight, Rio de Janeiro - Recife (Michel 503), illustrated Lufthansa Airmail envelope franked with 1.50m postage tied by onboard cancel, Dec 5, with red "d" flight cachet and Recife backstamp, Dec 6; mailed by Navigator Hans Ladwig, noted as sender on back flap; some foxing, otherwise Very Fine.
Sieger 319D; €100+ ($110).
Michel €125+ ($130).
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 147

1928-29, Graf Zeppelin Flights, failed flight from Indianapolis (Oct. 25, 1928), plus May 16, 1929, Germany-to-Colombia flight, appropriate handstamps, Very Fine.
Estimate $100 - 150.
Current Bid$50
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Lot 148

1929-36, European Flights, about 125 virtually all-different covers or cards including such better as (Michel numbers) 13Ia, 14Ia, 19c-d, 150Ic, 215I from Netherlands, 249Ac, 272, 303A, 314, 314Aa & 322; also includes a number of premium frankings like the 1931 Egypt Flight, Cairo - Friedrichshafen, franked with both values, the 50m with the "1951" error. An excellent lot.
Michel €8,500 ($9,060).
Estimate $1,200 - 1,800.
Current Bid$2,200
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Lot 149

1934-37, Test Flights, etc. (Michel 356//580), eight different, comprises 1934 (May 14, Sep 14), 1935 (Mar 25, Jul 25 [2]), 1936 (Mar 23, Oct 27) and 1937 (Apr 8); all are cards (6 Zeppelin cards) with onboard cancels, Very Fine.
Sieger 0246I//379; €1,840 ($1,960).
Michel €1,555 ($1,660).
Estimate $600 - 800.
Current Bid$325
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