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Lot # 1535 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1930s Hindenburg and Graf Zeppelin Pennants

Starting Bid - $400, Sold For - $593

During the 1930s, Zeppelins were at the height of their popularity, with the both the LZ 129 Hindenburg and LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin making regular transatlantic passenger flights from Germany to both the United States and Brazil. Offered here are two rare and highly desirable pennants celebrating both of those famous dirigibles. 1) 1936 LZ 129 Hindenburg Pennant. The blue-felt pennant features a white-painted image of the ship (which displays the Olympic logo in promotion of the 1936 Summer Olympics, held in Berlin) and is lettered "Hindenburg" and "Lakehurst N. J. " The Hindenburg made ten transatlantic trips to the United States in 1936, which was its only full year of operation. On May 3, 1937, the Hindenburg left Frankfurt, Germany, for Lakehurst, New Jersey (site of the Naval Air Station) on what was its first trip to the United States that year. On May 6th, the Hindenburg crashed upon landing, with thirteen passengers and twenty-two crew members perishing in the flames. It was one of the worst disasters in aviation history and one that was etched into cultural memory by radio announcer Herb Morrison's impassioned cry of "Oh the humanity!" as he witnessed the tragedy. The pennant (28.5 inches in length) displays minor fading to the cloth and only minimal wear to the painted image and lettering. There are no tassels present. In Excellent condition overall. 2) Circa 1928 LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin Pennant. The blue-felt pennant features a white-painted image of the airship and is lettered "Graf Zeppelin" and "Lakehurst N. J." This pennant was most likely issued following the ship's first intercontinental trip from Friedichshafen, Germany, to Lakehurst, New Jersey, in 1928. The pennant (28 inches in length) is complete with both tassels and displays tack holes at the borders and tip. Only minimal wear is evident to the painted images and letters. In remarkable Excellent to Mint condition. Reserve $400. Estimate $800+. SOLD FOR $593


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