The blue $2.60 Graf Zeppelin stamp of 1930 depicts the German rigid airship emerging from the clouds, passing a globe representing the earth, and traveling toward the west. C.A. Huston and A.R. Meissner designed the issue.
This stamp paid letter rates as a single frank for some destinations or was combined with a $1.30 to make the roundtrip letter rate of $3.90.
The first day of issue for the Graf Zeppelin set was April 19, 1930 in the District of Columbia. These stamps were available on April 21 at selected post offices throughout the country. The post office withdrew them from sale on June 30, 1930, and destroyed all remaining copies. The $4.55 cost of a mint set during the Great Depression was so high that many stamp collectors could not afford to add them to their collections at that time. As a result, they are treasured today.