German Commercial Zeppelins
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Summary
Collection ID:
NASM.XXXX.0252
Dates:
bulk 1928-1938
Languages:
English
The German Commercial Zeppelins Collection is in
English
. and
German
.
Physical Description:
1.74 Cubic feet
(6 boxes)
Repository:
The German Commercial Zeppelins Collection documents German commercial Zeppelin travel during the 1930s.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This collection highlights German commercial Zeppelin travel during the 1930s, and includes the following: a history of flights; route maps; photographs, including interior shots of the accommodations and fittings of the LZ 127 "Graf Zeppelin;" a schedule of sailings and fares; a description of the four medals struck to honor the LZ 127 "Graf Zeppelin;" magazine and newspaper articles, including an account of the explosion of the LZ 129 "Hindenburg" in 1938; and the 1933 book, Zeppelin-Weltfahrten.
Note: The digital images in this finding aid were repurposed from scans made by an outside contractor for a commercial product and may show irregular cropping and orientation in addition to color variations resulting from damage to and deterioration of the original objects.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The German Commercial Zeppelins Collection is arranged by content type.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
The Zeppelin Company, founded in 1908 in Germany by Ferdinand von Zeppelin, was a pioneer company renowned for its airships and transoceanic commercial air service. Ferdinand von Zeppelin had been experimenting with rigid airships since the late 1800s and the Zeppelin LZ 1 made its first flight in 1900. Further models followed until the LZ 4 was introduced in 1908. The LZ 4 crashed during a test flight which led to an outpouring of support and monetary donations from the public and made possible the founding of the Zeppelin Company (Luftschiffbau Zeppelin GmbH). Beginning in 1909, Zeppelin airships were used for passenger transport by the Deutsche Luftschiffahrts Aktiengesellschaft (DELAG). In 1934 Reich Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels offered two million marks of his ministry's funds for the Zeppelin Company. This infusion of money led to the virtual takeover of the company by the state. The new company, Deutsche Zeppelin Reederei, was formed 22 March 1935 with Air Ministry General Field Marshall Herman Goering the president of the company

Administration
Processing Information
Arranged, described, and encoded by Chris King, 1989.
Author
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Unknown.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
No restrictions on access.
Preferred Citation
German Commercial Zeppelins, Accession XXXX-0252r, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Conditions Governing Use
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Airships Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Zeppelin LZ 129 Hindenburg Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Aeronautics, Commercial Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Zeppelin LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Newspapers Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Maps Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Graf Zeppelin (Airship) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Zeppelin (Luftschiffbau Zeppelin GmbH) (Germany) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
National Air and Space Museum Archives
14390 Air & Space Museum Parkway
Chantilly, VA 20151
NASMRefDesk@si.edu
http://airandspace.si.edu/research/resources/archives/