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Nov 2 2023

National Postal Museum To Host Maynard Sundman Lecture: Cheryl Ganz To Speak on “U.S. Zeppelin Postage Stamps”

November 2, 2023

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum will host the 20th Maynard Sundman Lecture Thursday, Nov. 2. at 4PM (ET)

Alumna Cheryl Ganz ('05, PhD, History)  will be speaking on “U.S. Zeppelin Postage Stamps.”

Everyone wants to own a set of zeppelin stamps from the 1930s. But why did the Post Office Department issue four zeppelin stamps to subsidize a German aircraft’s operations during the Great Depression? Why were the values of these stamps so high and who received all that money? How did the rates and routes change from 1930 to 1933? Why were zeppelins important to transoceanic mail service?

Learn the stories about these zeppelin stamps that are so iconic to philatelists today. Dr. Ganz will trace production of the issues at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing from source materials to die proofs to certified plate proofs with marginal markings. The first days of issue examples will cover the various city postmarks and private cachets. Finally, she will illustrate when and where Graf Zeppelin flew mail with U.S. franking and the many ways that passengers, crew, and collectors sought to create varieties.

Registration is required.

This event is Online on Zoom or in person at the National Postal Museum.


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Susan Smith

Date posted

Sep 20, 2023

Date updated

Sep 22, 2023