Burned mail from Hindenburg crash to be auctioned

A partially burned postcard recovered from the wreckage of the Hindenburg disaster will be offered for sale at the Felzmann zeppelin mail auction on March 9, 2017, in Düsseldorf.

Hindenburg crash mail, Thasler postcard

Lot 3284 – Postcard written by Hindenburg mechanic Albert Thasler

The Thasler Postcard

The postcard was written by Hindenburg engine mechanic Albert Thasler, who often sent mail to himself and family members. Thasler was ill and not able to join Hindenburg’s last flight so he gave several pieces of mail — at least nine cards and three letters –  to friend and fellow Hindenburg mechanic Robert Moser.

Moser gave the items to navigation officer Max Zabel — who also functioned as Hindenburg’s postmaster — during the flight to America. Zabel planned to cancel the items during the return flight to Germany and he stored them in Hindenburg’s post office, where they were later found amid the wreckage. Moser was in one of Hindenburg’s engineering rooms deep inside the airship at the time of the accident and died in the crash.

More than 17,000 letters and postcards were carried on Hindenburg’s last flight but only 372 were recovered from the wreckage, and they are documented in Dieter Leder‘s definitive book, LZ-129 Hindenburg Zeppelin Crash Mail (Meersburg, Germany: Topo|Verlag, 2012).

The Felzmann Auction

The Thasler postcard is among hundreds of items of zeppelin mail being offered in Auktionshaus Ulrich Felzmann’s Auction No. 158. The items are too numerous to describe here but can be viewed online.

The auction also includes a “drop bag” used to drop mail from LZ-127 Graf Zeppelin; several pieces of mail from early DELAG passenger zeppelins; postcards from Graf Zeppelin’s Polar Flight; and items sent or signed by well known zeppelin crew members including Max Pruss, Albert Sammt, and Willy Speck.

Lot 3064 - Mail Drop Bag from LZ-127 Graf Zeppelin

Lot 3064 – Mail Drop Bag from LZ-127 Graf Zeppelin

 

Lot 3134 - Sachsen postcard

Lot 3134 – A913 postcard from LZ 17 “Sachsen”

 

Lot 3224 - Graf Zeppelin postcard signed by Max Pruss

Lot 3224 – Graf Zeppelin postcard signed by Max Pruss

 

Lot 3242 - Graf Zeppelin postcard mailed by Albert Sammt

Lot 3242 – Graf Zeppelin postcard mailed by Albert Sammt

 

Lot 3215- Postcard from Hindenburg radio officer Willy Speck

Lot 3215- Graf Zeppelin postcard signed by radio officer Willy Speck

 

Lot 3223 - LZ-127 Polar Flight cover

Lot 3223 – Cover from Graf Zeppelin Polar Flight that was passed to the Soviet icebreaker Malygin

 

Lot 3281 – Hindenburg cover from multiple 1936 North and South American flights

 

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