Rare Stamps & Postal History of the World including the Fred Blau Collection
March 3-4, 2020

We are pleased to announce our March 3-4, 2020 Auction, featuring the Fred Blau collection of Palestine Aerophilately and Military Mail, followed by United States and Possessions, with Dr.Ernesto Arosemena's Canal Zone, continuing with selections from Asia, Western European countries, South and Central America, Middle East, as well as extensive Great Britain and British Commonwealth, Poland with an exceptional collection of World War II Occupation proofs & essays, Russia, Vatican City, etc., and ending as usual with Large Lots and Collections. This is a live public auction taking place in our NYC Galleries as well as on CherrystoneLIVE.

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Lot #94
PALESTINE 1929 (LZ 129) Graf Zeppelin - Orient Flight
1929 "Get ready for the Zeppelin!" "To the residents of the Land of Israel, get ready for the Zeppelin!" screamed the headline of Doar Hayom on March 25 of that year. The Hebrew-language press was feverishly anticipating the Zeppelin flyover, which was initially scheduled to travel to Egypt. Mail Drop was announced by means of posters in & around the town of Er Ramle. Due to bad weather, most were apparently washed away by the rain. According to Fred Blau only this one survived, the original poster (23x37cm) printed in red Hebrew, English and Arabic, folded in half, in good condition. A rarity! (It was the Jewish holiday of Purim, 1929, and the 28 passengers included ministers from Weimar Republic and the daughter of Graf Ferdinand von Zeppelin himself, plus the 41 crew members on board the austere Graf Zeppelin for an Egypt-bound voyage from Germany. In just a few years, the tail of the proud German dirigible would be irreversibly tattooed with a swastika. Its world famous commander, Hugo Eckener, would be declared a persona non grata over his outspoken criticism of the Nazis, though he would survive World War II. The captain of what was then the largest airship in the world, Ernst Lehmann, would die of burns he sustained when his ill-fated Hindenburg erupted over a field in New Jersey in 1937, all but putting the dream of intercontinental airship travel to rest)
Price Realized
$2,100.00

Lot #95
PALESTINE 1929 (LZ 129) Graf Zeppelin - Orient Flight
1929 Orient Flight - Mail Drop was announced by means of posters in & around the town of Er Ramle. Most were washed away by the rain. A reprint in reduced form, v.f., rare
Price Realized
$700.00

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