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Graf Zeppelin LZ 127 Flights: Non-German
 
 
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Lot 150

Argentina, 1934 (Jun 1-5), First South America Flight, Recife - Friedrichshafen (Michel 365 var.), commercial cover to Winterberg, Czechoslovakia, franked with 1.15p postage tied by May 29 Buenos Aires c.d.s.s, Prague transit c.d.s. (Jun 5) on the front, backstamped Friedrichshafen (Jun 5) and Winterberg (Jun 6), Very Fine. Michel does not list Argentine mail for this flight.
Sieger 248I; €350 ($370).
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 151

Austria, 1929 (Aug 15-19), Round-the-World Flight, Friedrichshafen - Tokyo (Michel 29), cover franked with 3.50s postage tied by Aug 10 c.d.s., with Aug 15 Friedrichshafen c.d.s., red flight cachet and Aug 19 Tokyo receiver on front; mounted on a colorful, professionally made album page (text in Dutch), Very Fine.
Sieger 30; €200 ($210).
Michel €250 ($270).
Estimate $100 - 150.
Current Bid$50
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Lot 152

Austria, 1931 (Jul 12-14), Austria Flight (Michel 198/199Ab), five flown cards: Friedrichshafen - Vienna (two, one originating in Saar), Vienna-Aspern - Friedrichshafen, and Vienna-Aspern drop to Graz (2); also includes an 8" x 10" press photo of the Zeppelin landing in Vienna with a crowd of 100,000 spectators in attendance.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$90
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Lot 153

Brazil, 1930 (Oct 24-Jun 6), South America Flight (Michel 64/66), nine covers or cards including Recife - Bahia drop (card with normal franking) and Rio de Janeiro - Seville franked with a 20,000r Zeppelin.
Michel €1,705 ($1,820).
Estimate $300 - 400.
Current Bid$150
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Lot 154

Brazil, 1931 (Sep 18-28), Second South America Flight, round trip & return (Michel 222 Ia, 2220Aa), cover and card of each, the round trip with both German & Brazilian franking, Very Fine.
Sieger 129D, 130A, B; €450 ($480).
Michel €270 ($290).
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 155

Brazil, 1933 (Oct 18-Nov 2), Chicago Flight (Michel 348/355), eight covers from Recife to: Rio de Janeiro, Miami, Akron (card & cover), Chicago (2), Seville and Friedrichshafen; the seven covers are addressed to the Zeppelin Company's U.S. representative, F.W. von Meister; the card is addressed by the Airship's radio operator, Willy Speck, to himself in Akron.
Sieger 239.
Michel €600+ ($640).
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 156

British Offices in Morocco, 1933 (Jun 3-6), Second South America Flight, Friedrichshafen - Recife (Michel 305 b), registered cover franked with 1s3d postage tied by Tangier ovals, May 24, with green flight cachet and red Berlin connecting flight cachet and Paris & Pernambuco backstamps, Fine to Very Fine.
Sieger 214B; €350+ ($370).
Michel €400+ ($430).
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$110
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Lot 157

British Offices in Morocco, 1933 (Jun 3-6), Second South America Flight, Friedrichshafen - Recife (Michel 305 b), registered cover marked as "Printed Matter" to Buenos Aires, franked with 3p on 2s6d postage tied by Larache ovals, May 25, with green flight cachet, Friedrichshafen transit c.d.s. and French Tangier and Buenos Aires backstamps, Fine to Very Fine.
Sieger 214; €500 ($530).
Michel €400+ ($430).
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$110
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Lot 158

Canada, 1928 (Oct 29-Nov 1), America Flight, Lakehurst - Friedrichshafen (Michel 8 A f), registered legal-size cover franked with 28¢ postage and sent from Winnipeg to St. Paul, Minn., on Oct 22; in St. Paul $1 U.S. postage was added (20x 5¢ Beacon C11, front & back - should have been $1.05) and canceled Oct 23; the cover was received at New York the next day and forwarded to Lakehurst where it received the Return Flight cachet on Oct 28, finally being backstamped Oct 31 upon its arrival in Friedrichshafen; small opening tear at bottom, otherwise Very Fine.
Unitrade C$1,100 ($820). Sieger 22C.
Michel €1,000 ($1,070).
Estimate $400 - 600.
Current Bid$225
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Lot 159

Gibraltar, 1933 (Sep 16-19), Seventh South America Flight, Friedrichshafen - Recife (Michel 337 b), registered cover franked with 1s2d postage tied by Gibraltar ovals, Jun 1, with blue flight cachet and red Berlin connecting flight cachet, mounted on a colorful, professionally handmade album page (text in Dutch), Very Fine, for some reason Sieger omits the 7th South America Flight from the Gibraltar listings.
Sieger 232B.
Michel €320 ($340).
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$150
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Lot 160

Great Britain, 1933 (Aug 5-15), Fourth South America Flight, Friedrichshafen - Recife (Michel 323 b), unsealed cover carried by the Great Western Railway Air Mail Service from Plymouth to Birmingham, franked with a 3d G.W.R. Airmail stamp tied by special Plymouth datestamp, Aug 2; then franked with 4d & 6d KGV stamps (10s printed matter rate) tied by Birmingham c.d.s.s, Aug 3; red Berlin connecting flight cachet and Zeppelin flight cachet; backstamped Recife (Aug 8) and Rio de Janeiro (Aug 9), Very Fine, a rare combination.
Sieger 223B; €200 ++ ($210).
Michel €180 ++ ($190).
Estimate $350 - 500.
Current Bid$180
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Lot 161

Great Britain, 1933 (Oct 14-17), Chicago Flight, Friedrichshafen - Recife (Michel 347 b), unsealed cover to Bahia franked with 10d postage tied by Norwich machine cancel, Sep 28, with red flight cachet and Berlin connecting flight cachets, mounted on a colorful, professionally handmade album page (text in Dutch), Very Fine.
Sieger 238E; €650 ($690).
Michel €600 ($640).
Estimate $300 - 400.
Current Bid$150
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Lot 162

Great Britain, 1933 (Oct 14-17), Chicago Flight, Friedrichshafen - Recife (Michel 347 b), registered cover to Rio de Janeiro franked with 1s1d postage tied by Liverpool c.d.s.s, Sep 27, with red flight cachet and Berlin Central Airfield cachets on the front and Berlin connecting flight cachet on the back, Very Fine.
Sieger 238E; €650 ($690).
Michel €600 ($640).
Estimate $300 - 400.
Current Bid$150
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Lot 163

Greece, 1933, Italy Flight, 30d-120d Zeppelins complete (Scott C5-C7), on unflown cover addressed to Francis Field in England, postmarked Athens, May 5, Very Fine.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 164

Hungary, 1931 (Mar 28-30), Hungary Flight (Michel 161/163Ab), two covers and three cards comprising Friedrichshafen - Budapest originating in Switzerland; Budapest Circuit (card & cover with 1p & 2p Zeppelins, respectively); Debrecen drop (card with 1p Zeppelin); and Budapest - Friedrichshafen (card with 2p Zeppelin), Very Fine.
Michel €410 ($440).
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$90
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Lot 165

Iceland, 1931 (Jun 30-Jul 3), Iceland Flight, Reykjavik - Friedrichshafen (Michel 193Aa, 193Ad var.), Roessler Zeppelin card franked with 1kr Zeppelin and plain cover franked with four 30a Zeppelins, a 1kr Zeppelin and two normal 10a Airmails (C1); both with green flight cachets and Friedrichshafen receivers, Very Fine.
Sieger 114A, 114D var.; €615+ ($660).
Michel €400+ ($430).
Estimate $250 - 350.
Current Bid$200
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Lot 166

Ireland, 1933 (Jun 3-6), Second South America Flight, Friedrichshafen - Recife (Michel 305 b), cover franked with 12½d postage tied by Dublin c.d.s.s, Jun 1, with green flight cachet and red Berlin connecting flight cachet, mounted on a colorful, professionally handmade album page (text in Dutch), Very Fine.
Sieger 214b; €250 ($270).
Michel €280 ($300).
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$150
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Lot 167

Italy, 1932 (May 2-5), Fourth South America Flight, Friedrichshafen - Recife (Michel 241), cover with 2.95L postage tied by Rome Airfield c.d.s.s with Munich Airmail handstamp, Berlin connecting flight cachet and South America Flight cachet, Very Fine.
Sieger 157; €350 ($370).
Michel €350 ($370).
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 168

Italy, 1933 (29 May-6 Jun), Rome/2nd South America Flight Flights, Rome - Friedrichshafen - Recife (Michel 304 A c), card addressed to Buenos Aires franked with 2.75L (front & back) tied by Rome Zeppelin c.d.s.s 29 May, with blue Rome flight cachet, Pernambuco receiver (7 Jun) and Buenos Aires backstamp (10 Jun), Very Fine.
Michel €200 ($210).
Estimate $100 - 150.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 169

Italy, 1933 (Jul 1), Third South America Flight, Friedrichshafen - Recife, Barcelona drop (Michel 315 I a), cover franked with 5.25L postage tied by Rome c.d.s.s, Jul 1, with blue flight cachet, Friedrichshafen transit c.d.s. Jul 1 and Pernambuco receiver, Jun 7; backstamped Munich (Jul 1) and Barcelona (Jul 3), Very Fine, Michel does not note an Italian origin for the Barcelona drop.
Sieger 219 C; €330 ++ ($350).
Michel €380 ++ ($400).
Estimate $250 - 350.
Current Bid$250
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Lot 170

Latvia, 1933 (Sep 30-Oct 3), Eighth South America Flight, Friedrichshafen - Recife (Michel 343 b), registered cover franked with 2.45L postage tied by Slampe c.d.s.s, Sep 29, with violet flight cachet and red Berlin Central Airfield and connecting flight cachets, mounted on a colorful, professionally handmade album page (text in Dutch); also includes a Zeppelin "drop" leaflet promoting South America Zeppelin Service, Very Fine.
Sieger 235B; €250 ($270).
Michel €480 ($510).
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 171

Luxembourg, 1935, cover intended for the Tenth South America Flight, registered cover marked printed matter and endorsed specifically for passage on the Tenth South America Flight of the Graf Zeppelin, franked with both Luxembourg and German postage, canceled Aug 5 (Ville) and Aug 6 (Strassburg), respectively, with Stuttgart flight cachet; the Zeppelin was to depart on Aug 13 and arrive in Pernambuco on Aug 16; it was apparently determined to send this cover by fastest means and it was despatched by normal airmail, arriving in Pernambuco on Aug 11. Very Fine. No covers from Luxembourg were carried on the 10th South America Flight, despite being aboard the 7th-9th and the 11th.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$90
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Lot 172

Paraguay, 1933-35, South America Flights (Michel 274D/504D), 11 covers: two 1932, four 1933 and five 1934; all different except two covers and a card on the 4th Flight (Aug 1933), Fine to Very Fine.
Michel €1,050 ($1,120).
Estimate $250 - 350.
Current Bid$170
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Lot 173

Romania, 1933 (May 6-9), First South America Flight, Friedrichshafen - Recife (Michel 294), registered cover franked with 84L postage tied by Bucharest Airmail ovals, May 2, with blue flight cachet, Friedrichshafen transit and Recife backstamp, mounted on a colorful, professionally handmade album page (text in Dutch), Very Fine.
Sieger 202; €400 ($430).
Michel €420 ($450).
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$120
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Lot 174

Romania, 1933 (Aug 19-22), Fifth South America Flight, Friedrichshafen - Recife (Michel 327), registered cover franked with 80L postage tied by Bucharest Airmail ovals, Aug 14, with red flight cachet, Friedrichshafen transit c.d.s. and Recife backstamp; also bears the Brazilian mail Condor Zeppelin cachet used for the return flight on the flap, mounted on a colorful, professionally handmade album page (text in Dutch), Very Fine.
Sieger 226; €400 ($430).
Michel €450 ($480).
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 175

Saar, 1930 (Oct 28-31), Pernambuco - Havana (Michel 66 I), cover franked (front & back) with 48.30fr tied by Saarbrücken c.d.s.s, May 13 with German & U.S. flight cachets and Havana Airmail receiver on front, Very Fine.
Sieger 57; €330 ($350).
Michel €450 ($480).
Estimate $200 - 300

The proposed flight to Cuba was canceled and mail intended for the flight was offloaded in Lakehurst and flown to Havana by airplane
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Current Bid$100
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Lot 176

Spain, 1930 (May 20-Jun 5), South America Flight (Michel 64A/67A), nine covers or cards including three Seville - Seville (one originating in Barcelona with German flight cachet) and a Seville - Praia (addressed to Santa Cruz de Tenerife) with Spanish flight cachet.
Sieger 58; €2,420 ($2,580).
Michel €1,665 ($1,780).
Estimate $400 - 600.
Current Bid$200
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Lot 177

Switzerland, 1929 (Aug 15-Sep 4) Round-the-World Flight, Friedrichshafen - Lakehurst (Michel 31), cover franked with 12.50fr tied by Basel c.d.s.s, Aug 10, with red flight cachets, backstamped green Lakehurst Zeppelin receiver, Very Fine.
Sieger 30; €330 ($350).
Michel €300 ($320).
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$150
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Lot 178

United States, 1928 (Oct 29-Nov 1), America Flight, Lakehurst - Friedrichshafen: two covers and a card, the last being a Roessler Zeppelin card franked with 53¢ postage plus a 1¢ Franklin with Roessler's own illegal "Graf Zeppelin" overprint; card has tape-reinforced edges and minor corner bends, but is otherwise Fine; also includes German mail Friedrichshafen - Lakehurst: two cards and a cover.
Michel 7/8. Sieger 21/22.
Estimate $200 - 300

Roessler felt that the U.S. should have commemorated the flight of the Zeppelin with its own postage stamp(s). Consequently he created his own, an illegal act for which he nearly was imprisoned.

Current Bid$120
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Lot 179

United States, 1929 (Aug 7-Sep 4), Round-the-World Flight (Michel 28A/32A), six covers and two cards from various legs of the flight: Lakehurst (1st landing) - Friedrichshafen (2), Lakehurst - Lakehurst (2), Los Angeles - Lakehurst, Los Angeles - Friedrichshafen (2), Lakehurst (2nd landing) - Friedrichshafen.
Michel €835 ($890).
Estimate $250 - 350.
Current Bid$140
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Lot 180

United States, 1929 (Aug 7-Sep 4) Round-the-World Flight, Lakehurst to Tokyo and to Los Angeles (Michel 29 A, 30 A), cover to Tokyo and card to Los Angeles with all appropriate markings, Very Fine.
Sieger 28B, C; €430 ($460).
Michel €480 ($510).
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 181

Uruguay, 1931 (Aug 29-Sep 1), First South America, Recife - Friedrichshafen (Michel 217 var.), cover franked with 38c postage tied by Montevideo c.d.s.s with red Zeppelin cachet and Friedrichshafen backstamp; the cover is addressed to Reichenbach and redirected to Paris with backstamps of both those cities, Fine to Very Fine. A great Zeppelin Rarity—Sieger notes that five covers were carried; an accompanying article notes that the sender and addressee, Mr. Hermann Simon, claims that there were only three.
Sieger 126I; €1,500 ($1,600).
Estimate $750 - 1,000

The Montevideo postmarks are dated September 4 at 3:00 p.m., by which time the Airship would have already been 12 hours into her return Flight. The accompanying article from the
Uruguay Philatelist, written by its editor, Herman Kerst, theorizes that, since all markings are genuine, the cover was probably mailed from Montevideo on September 1, the clerk having mistakenly read the "4" as a "1" when he set his canceller. The only other recorded cover is identical to this one (illustrations of both covers are included in the article).
Current Bid$375
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Lot 182

Worldwide, 1932 (Mar 20-29), First South America Flight (Michel 234b/235C), seven covers or cards: Germany card Friedrichshafen - Recife with Berlin connecting flight cachet, and card Recife - Friedrichshafen with 28 Mar onboard cancel; Great Britain Friedrichshafen - Recife with Berlin connecting flight cachet; Brazil, two cards and a cover to Friedrichshafen, each with a different color cachet; and Paraguay to Friedrichshafen, Very Fine.
Sieger 138/141; €945 ($1,010).
Michel €525 ($560).
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$120
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Lot 183

Worldwide, 1932, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth & Eighth South America Flights (Michel 241/285), 20 covers or cards; Fourth: Germany card & cover to Recife (onboard cancels), and return flights from Argentina and Bolivia - Friedrichshafen (2); Fifth: Germany card to Recife canceled onboard, cover Recife - Friedrichshafen (onboard mail), France cover to Recife; Brazil Round Trip with mixed German & Brazilian franking, and return flights from Argentina, Brazil (2), Chile & Uruguay; Sixth: Friedrichshafen - Recife with Stuttgart connecting flight cachet, and Argentina card & cover Recife - Friedrichshafen; and Eighth: return flights from Argentina and Brazil (2); F-VF.
Sieger 157, 171, 177.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Current Bid$400
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Lot 184

Worldwide, 1932 (Sep 26-Oct 4), Seventh South America Flight (Michel 279, 281), 11 covers or cards including a card Austria to Recife via Stuttgart, a Round Trip card with mixed German & Brazilian franking, and return flights from Argentina, Brazil (3), Chile, Paraguay, and a card with German franking posted onboard.
183.
Michel €970 ($1,030).
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$200
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Lot 185

Worldwide, 1932 (Oct 24-Nov 3), Ninth South America Flight (Michel 286/291), nine covers or cards including Germany to Recife with Berlin connecting flight cachet, Germany to Rio (onboard card), a cover Great Britain to Buenos Aires and a Round Trip cover with mixed German & Brazilian franking; also three other Brazil and two Argentina; a couple with minor toning, Fine to Very Fine.
Sieger 195/196; €860 ($920).
Michel €660 ($700).
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$110
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Lot 186

Worldwide, 1933, South America Flights (Michel 294/343), 22 cards or covers comprising First (5); Second (6) including one Moscow - Brazil via Berlin 29/31 May, but with no Zeppelin markings or Brazilian receiver (not counted in the catalog value); Third (7), Seventh (5) and Eighth (2); of the 12 German covers, eight are onboard postings; one of the Friedrichshafen postings on the Third South America Flight is mounted on a colorful, professionally handmade album page (text in Dutch).
Sieger 202/235.
Michel €1,800 ($1,920).
Estimate $400 - 600.
Current Bid$400
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Lot 187

Worldwide, 1934, South America Flights (Michel 362/413), 41 nearly all different covers or cards plus several Zeppelin picture postcards; mostly Germany and Brazil plus a few Argentina and Uruguay as well as two Great Britain to South America; includes a number of Recife - Rio or Rio - Recife flights, Fine to Very Fine.
Sieger 247/280.
Michel €2,350 ($2,500).
Estimate $500 - 750.
Current Bid$500
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Lot 188

Worldwide, 1935, South America Flights (Michel 443/504), 30 covers or cards; mostly Germany and Brazil plus a few Argentina and Chile; the German covers are all onboard postings, both to and from Recife, the Brazil are mostly Rio - Friedrichshafen; an excellent lot, Very Fine.
Sieger 299/329.
Michel €2,335 ($2,490).
Estimate $500 - 750.
Current Bid$250
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Lot 189

Worldwide, 1935 (Nov 15-Dec 2), Sixteenth South America Flight, Bathurst Shuttle Flights (Michel 499I/501IBa), eight cards or covers including a Sieger matched set of three Brazil View Cards, one carried on each Shuttle Flight Recife - Bath with Bath receivers; a Uruguay card to Germany carried on the 2nd Shuttle Flight with Agency flight cachet; and a cover and card from Spain to Recife carried on the return of the 2nd & 3rd Shuttle Flights from Bathurst, respectively.
Sieger 331/339.
Estimate $250 - 350.
Current Bid$325
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Lot 190

Worldwide, 1936-37, Flights, about 25 covers or cards, all German or Brazilian despatches including a 1936 "Election Flight" (plus a Nazi propaganda leaflet dropped from that flight) and a 1936 Second South America Flight Round Trip cover with both German & Brazilian franking; also includes a few photos. A marvelous lot, Very Fine.
Michel 507/585; €2,300 ($2,450).
Estimate $500 - 750.
Current Bid$500
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