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The Knapp Collection of Airmail Flights


Graf Zeppelin Collateral Material
 
 
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Lot 191
[Airship Material] Hull fabric, group of four small pieces of the hull fabric, 60 x 120 mm, labeled individually "Hull/ exterior shell", "Hull/ raw", "Gas cell/ Hindenburg" and "Gas cell/ gold beater skin".
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 192
[Airship Material] Hull fabric, two small pieces of fabric approximately 30 x 35 mm and 60 x 40 mm, the latter said to be from the Clara Adams estate.
Estimate $100 - 150.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 193
[Airship Material] Piece of duralumin ribbon, "part of the damaged port fin of the Graf Zeppelin damaged during a gale in mid ocean on her first trans-Atlantic flight to United States", attested to in the accompanying photocopy of a letter to collector Fred Hambrock, Jr. on N.A.S. Lakehurst letterhead dated Dec 30, 1929, and signed by H.M. Dietzman, Production Engineer:
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 194
[Autograph] "Mrs. Peter Holland, The Flying Grandmother" on the 1933 Chicago Flight, bold autograph on the inside cover of a tri-fold advertising folder used by Mrs. Holland to promote her speaking tour. Also includes two photos of the Zeppelin over prominent buildings in Akron. Mrs. Holland, at the age of 74, and unbeknownst to her family, flew on the Zeppelin on its return voyage from Akron to Seville and Friedrichshafen, thus becoming the oldest person to cross the ocean by air. She even received a certificate from Dr. Eckener acknowledging that accomplishment.
Estimate $100 - 150.
Current Bid$50
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Lot 195
[Clara Adams] Autograph on DZR promotional leaflet, on ca. 1936 DZR (German Zeppelin Transport Co.) tri-fold leaflet "Freight for South America"; additionally inscribed by Adams, "Passenger 1928, First Flight (USA to Germany), Ď64 Mení and Clara Adams". A unique form of Mrs. Adamsí autograph; also includes Adamsí Carte de Visite.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$110
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Lot 196
[Clara Adams] Autograph on DZR postcard, along with the eight other signatures of passengers (and/or crew), including (readable names) Frida Berner, Hanspaul Berner, G. Wenk von Borowsky and Helmüt Wentz; dated Oct 27, 1935, at the Insel Hotel in Konstanz; at the bottom is a hand drawn cartoon by another passenger, Helmüt Berner, entitled "Garrison Day in Konstanz". A unique piece of Zeppelin memorabilia.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 197
[Clara Adams] 1928 America Flight, letter to Adams, letter dated Oct 26 to Mrs. Adams from an admirer, a "Pennsylvania Dutch man", offering congratulations to the passengers accepted for the return flight, especially "one brave Lady from old keystone state" and "wishing you, and praying for your success"; included is the sender's Lebanon Pa. flour mill business card.
Estimate $100 - 150.
Current Bid$50
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Lot 198

[Clara Adams] 1929, Otto Amtsberg Zeppelin-Eckener Fund card from Clara Adams (Frost P 6a-3), franked with 8pf Ebert tied by Berlin-Charlottenburg Festival slogan cancel, May 23, written (in German) to friends in Augsburg and signed simply "Clara", Very Fine.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 199
[Clara Adams] 1936, First North America Flight, Clara Adams autograph, "Clara Adams, Cabin 19, Hindenburg" on 1936 Zeppelin Transport Co. illustrated 12-page promotional pamphlet entitled 2½ Days to Europe.
Estimate $350 - 500.
Current Bid$180
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Lot 200
[Clara Adams] 1936 First North America Flight, autograph on N.Y. Reception Seating List, 16-page booklet, about 5½" x 8½", containing the complete guest list and table arrangement for a May 10 reception and dinner in honor of Dr. Eckener, Capt. Lehmann and the Crew of the Graf Zeppelin, given by the Board of Trade for German-American Commerce, Inc.; on page 9, below table no. 21, Mrs. Adams has inserted "Mrs. Clara Adams" in pencil next to the name of a relative, Mr. William Merton - apparently she had not made the original guest list. Another unique Hindenburg collectible.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 201

[Event] 1909, International Airship Exhibition, Frankfurt, small group comprising four picture postcards issued for the exhibition and used during the event (Jul-Oct); two Admission Tickets to the Event, one a Child's ticket; and a reproduction of an original photo of Airships in the air over the city (4½" x 3½").
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$150
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Lot 202
[Guests] 1929 (Aug 15-Sep 4) Round-the-World Flight, New York reception program, 6" x 9" four-page program & menu for an Aug 30 reception dinner in honor of Dr. Eckener and the Crew of the Graf Zeppelin; given by the New York Mayor's Committee on Reception to Distinguished Guests; beautiful embossed cover with gold braid binding.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 203
[Guests] 1930, Europe-Pan-America Round Flight, Lakehurst guest pass, business card-size pass with "Graf Zeppelin World Cruise/ Mrs. Hambrock & party (manuscript)/ Guest/ U.S. Naval Air Station/ Lakehurst, N.J."; the back of the card, instructing Marine Sentries to allow the bearer to pass "all police lines"; the dotted line for the appropriate signature is not signed; slight wear.
Estimate $100 - 150.
Current Bid$50
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Lot 204
[Menu] Midday Snack Menu and Drink List, 6" x 9" bi-fold, undated but the latest wine is 1928, Very Fine and rare.
Estimate $250 - 350.
Current Bid$250
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Lot 205
[Menu] 1928 (Oct 29-Nov 1), America Flight, Return, Daily Menu, bearing the red onboard datestamp of Oct 31, the menu is mimeographed on a 6" x 12" letterhead of New York's Louis Sherry Restaurant, who catered the meals for the return voyage.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 206
[Menu] 1928 (Oct 11-15), America Flight, Drinks Menu, bearing the red onboard datestamp of Oct 15, the list is mimeographed on heavy card and signed by 12 passengers (and crew members?) including the "Flying Feminist", Lady Grace Drummond-Hay; European Director of Herst Publications, Karl von Wiegand; Frederick J. Gilfillan, a wealthy American living in Switzerland; Col. Emilio Herrera of the Royal Spanish Navigation Dept.; German cartoonist, Theodore Matejko; and Count Alexander von Brandenstein-Zeppelin, son-in-law of the Airship's namesake, Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Current Bid$150
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Lot 207
[Menu] 1928 (Oct 11-15), America Flight, Lunch Menu, bearing the red onboard datestamp of 15 Oct, the menu is mimeographed on heavy card; wealthy American passenger, Frederick J. Gilfillan, apparently used this particular menu to send a message home (under separate cover, not present), writing in pencil around three edges, hinting at friendships made under trying conditions during the flight.
Estimate $200 - 300

During a storm on the night of October 13, the Airship suffered potentially serious damage to her port tail fin when a piece of the fabric came loose. Temporary repairs were made by riggers hanging outside the ship while her engines were stopped. Without forward motion the ship would lose lift, and therefore altitude. Consequently, when the ship drifted to within a few hundred feet of the ocean's surface, the riggers would scramble back inside and the engines would be restarted to create lift and return to a safe altitude.

In an article in the
Belfast News Letter of October 24, 1928, Mr. Gilfillan was quoted saying, "To my mind, cross Atlantic Zeppelin services will not be practicable for many, many years, not until they can build airships with more powerful engines and proportionately larger. They have to be capable of a minimum speed of 100 miles an hour in the teeth of a head wind" .
Current Bid$100
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Lot 208
[Menu] 1929 (May 16-17), America Flight, Menu, 6" x 9" Mittagessen (mid-day snack) Menu with Drink List on the back, Very Fine.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 209
[Menu] 1929 (Aug 1-5), America Flight, Menu, 6" x 9" Mittagessen (mid-day snack) Menu with Drink List on the back, bearing the red onboard datestamp of Aug 2, Very Fine.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$200
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Lot 210
[Menu] 1929 (Aug 15-Sep 4), Round-the-World Flight, Lakehurst - Friedrichshafen, Menu, 6" x 9" bi-fold Menu for Third Day Supper catered by the Louis Sherry Restaurant, lovely image of the Airship over the Sherry-Netherland Hotel on the cover and bearing the red onboard datestamp of Sep 3; trivial light soiling, Fine-Very Fine.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 211

[Menu] 1932 (Jul 30-Aug 1), Danzig Flight, Dinner Menu, approximately 6" x 9", printed form with the Airship in flight at top and Kurgarten-Hotel imprint at bottom; name of flight and menu items are mimeographed, Very Fine.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$150
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Lot 212
[Menu] 1934 (Dec 10), Twelfth South America Flight, Menu, half page in a nicely illustrated tri-fold DZR promotional folder; the three pages are separated and rejoined with tape that has turned brown; Fine.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 213
[Photos] Graf Zeppelin, etc., about 100 photos of various sizes and origins, along with a few cigarette Zeppelin Collectors cards and some modern Zeppelin event covers.
Estimate $250 - 350.
Current Bid$150
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Lot 214

[Photos] 1900-12, early Zeppelins, about 90 photographs and 25 picture postcards featuring Airships L.Z. 1-9, L.Z. 10 & L.Z. 12; most of it related to L.Z. 1-5; includes the airmail card with special stamp for the Apr 1913 Rhine River flights of the L.Z. 9, mounted on a colorful, professionally handmade album page (text in Dutch). A most interesting lot, scanned in its entirety.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Current Bid$375
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Lot 215

[Photos] 1908-15, other early German airships, 13 postcards and a couple of photos featuring four non-Zeppelin airships builders: Gross-Basenbach (1910 postcard), SchĀütte-Lanz (1915 postcard), Siemens-Schuker (postcard-size reproduction of a 1911 photo), and Parseval (10 different postcards - two French & one British, plus a card dropped by a Parseval in Oct 1910 in conjunction with Munich's Oktoberfest and sponsored by the Munich Illustrated Journal; also three cards with artist's conceptions of "Air Maneuvers" with multiple airships labeled: two show SchĀütte-Lanz, Parseval and Zeppelin airships (one is used); the third shows Parseval, Zeppelin, "Gross" and "Clouth" airships. A very scarce group.
Estimate $250 - 350.
Current Bid$130
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Lot 216
[Photos] 1928 (Oct 11-15), America Flight, Official Photo, 6½" x 4½" photo of passenger and German photographer and newsreel cameraman, Robert Hartmann, peering out of one of the Zeppelin's engine nacells; the photo bears the red onboard datestamp of Oct 14; it is personalized and signed on the back by Hartmann, to fellow passenger, Dr. Robert Reiner (see lot 220), "Mr. Dr. Reiner, as a souvenir of our Atlantic flight on the Graf Zeppelin". A unique souvenir.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 217
[Photos] 1928 (Oct 11-15), America Flight, official souvenir photographs, a 9" x 7" photo of the Zeppelin's passenger dining room, plus two photos, postcards showing 1.) the Graf Zeppelin preparing for takeoff and 2.) the interior framework above the passenger gondola; all bear the red onboard datestamp of Oct 14 or 15, Very Fine.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 218
[Publicity] Zeppelin Transport Company publicity manager, Wolfgang Lambrecht, signed Christmas card in German with handwritten English translation; card pictures the Graf Zeppelin over Friedrichshafen.
Estimate $100 - 150.
Current Bid$50
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Lot 219

[Publicity] 1910-38, advertising cards, over one hundred 2¼"x1 5/8" cards distributed by Club Liga, all appear different, showing Zeppelins and related, Very Fine.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 220
[Publicity] 1928 (Oct 11-15), America Flight, congratulatory telegrams, four telegrams sent to Dr. Robert Reiner, a N.J. educator, who was the first ticketed passenger to debark the Airship upon her landing at Lakehurst; they are from various sources and are dated Oct 9, 11 & 13 (2); three in German, the fourth, in English, invites Reiner to speak at a banquet given for the Commander & Officers of the Graf Zeppelin by the Board of Trade for German-American Commerce; also includes a program for a presentation given by Reiner at a meeting of the Credit Assoc. of the Building Trades of New York on Nov 27, entitled "Airship Traveling on Graf Zeppelin".
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 221
[Publicity] 1930, Europe-Pan-America Round Flight, 65¢-$2.60 Zeppelins, Post Office Announcement, issued April 3, 1930, detailing the issue of the stamps, as well as the services to be provided for sending mail on the various legs; a very rare announcement.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Current Bid$200
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Lot 222
[Publicity] 1933, promotional materials, a small drop leaflet advertising Zeppelin Transatlantic Service to South America (ex Sieger) and a Lufthansa promotional form letter dated Apr 28, 1933, noting the flight schedule to South America for the remainder of the year.
Estimate $100 - 150.
Current Bid$50
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Lot 223
[Publicity] c. 1936, DZR advertising flyer, two-sided, two-color flyer "Come to the Airship" advertising sightseeing plans; the back, "How do you get to the Airship?", suggests coming by Trolley, Train, Bus or Auto; small tape-sealer tear at bottom, otherwise Very Fine.
Estimate $100 - 150.
Current Bid$50
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Lot 224
[Schedules] 1934-37, Graf Zeppelin/Hindenburg, tri-fold schedule dated February 1936, and quad-fold schedule dated February 1937, detailing the scheduled South America flights of both Graf Zeppelin and Hindenburg, as well as the Condor Syndicate airplane connections in South America; also includes a small single sheet 1934 Schedule of the Zeppelin's South America flight schedule from June through November of that year; the 1936 schedule has been folded in half horizontally, otherwise Very Fine.
Estimate $100 - 150.
Current Bid$50
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