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#412 - Hindenburg

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Amazing series of Hindenburg artifacts—including a charred razor from the disaster site
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Historic collection of five items pertaining to the infamous Hindenburg. Items are:

A charred gentleman’s travel razor in a metal case, 3.25 x 2 x 1.25, with spare blades, recovered from the wreckage of the Hindenburg by a firefighter after the airship burst into flames and crashed.

Printed Manuscript, signed in facsimile “A. E. Jessurun,” 10 pages, 8.5 x 11, May 1936. Headed “News Letter No. 2.” and titled “Flying Trip What a Trip! What a Trip!” Narrative of his trip by air, leaving Chicago on April 30, 1936: Chicago-San Francisco-Los Angeles-Newark-Lakehurst and then, aboard the “Hindenburg,” to Frankfurt, Germany, arriving on May 13, 1936. Jessurun details his experiences on his flights aboard the Hindenburg, including a conversation with Dr. Hugo Eckener, commander of the flight. Jessurun describes an incident occurring as the Hindenburg returned to Lakehurst. In part, “For a moment I experienced the sensation of falling through space, when as abruptly everything seemed righted and we were flying along smoothly. Upon inquiring, I found that one of the men in the Control Room had accidently pulled the wrong lever causing the Airship to go down, but had discovered his error immediately. The passengers remained very calm, and the Captain assured them there was no danger.”

A printed message from A. E. Jessurun on the reverse of a 5.5 x 3.25 government postcard, April 30, 1936, titled “Flying Trip,” Jessurun begins, “I leave this afternoon by Airplane for San Francisco to New York and from Lakehurst, New Jersey I will fly on the Graf Zeppelin Hindenburg to Frankfurt, Germany remaining there one and one half days and then fly on the Hindenburg to Lakehurst, New Jersey and fly back to Chicago.”

A publicity reprint of three articles about Jessurun’s flights on one 7.5 x 14 sheet, from the Newark Evening News on May 8, 1936, New York Journal of Commerce on May 23, 1936, and Chicago Herald & Examiner on May 27, 1936, picturing him with a stewardess.

And a color postcard, 5.75 x 4, picturing “Sleeping Cabin in the Airship ‘Hindenburg,’” addressed to Mrs. Van Eiff, Spofford, N.H., U.S.A., postmarked aboard the Hindenburg, August 11, 1936, with two additional postmarks, one dated August 11, 1936, noting it was flown by airship, the other, depicting an airship approaching North America, captioned “German Airmail Europe–North America.” In overall very good condition. RR Auction COA.


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