1936 1st South America Flight

Zeppelin Post

From 31 March-10 April 1936, the Hindenburg (LZ-129) made its first flight from Germany to South America and back.

Mail from Germany is typically postmarked with cancels from either Friedrichshafen, on-board, or one of the many treaty states.

On-Board Cancel

Mail carried on this trip carries a red confirmation stamp like that previously used by the Graf Zeppelin for South American flights.  The confirmation stamps each carried a letter indicating where it was used:

  • a — Berlin
  • b & c — Friedrichshafen
  • d — on-board or from Stuttgart connecting flight
  • * — Stuttgart

On-Board Confirmation Stamp

The cover shown above bears an airmail arrival cancel from the Brazilian Federal District.

Arrival Cancel