Graf Zeppelin First America Flight postcard
Picture postcard carried by the LZ127 Graf Zeppelin on its return (Lakehurst to Friedrichshafen) from the first completed America flight in 1929 (the May attempt was interrupted). The card bears the special "Luftschiff Graf Zeppelin 1. Amerikafahrt" (airship Graf Zeppelin first America flight) cachet in blue as well as the commemorative 2 Reichsmark German stamp tied with a August 9, 1929 on board postmark. America viewed this flight as the first leg of the round the world flight and Germany viewed it as the return flight to Friedrichshafen where the round the world flight would begin on August 15th. A receiver postmark dated August 10, 1929 was affixed upon arrival in Friedrichshafen.
The postcard was sent by two airship officers. Captain Anton Wittemann was later to command the Graf Zeppelin and Captain Max Pruss the LZ129 Hindenburg. Both survived the crash of the Hindenburg on May 6, 1937.