US Passport With HINDENBURG LZ129 Stamp

HINDENBURG LZ129 Passport-Stamp
What you see here is the US passport of Airship Passengers – Mr. & Mrs. Brown flying to Frankfurt, Germany on

“LZ 129 Hindenburg
7th North American Flight
August 17-19 / 20-22, 1936″

LZ 129 Hindenburg (Luftschiff Zeppelin #129; Registration: D-LZ 129) was a large German commercial passenger-carrying rigid airship, the lead ship of the Hindenburg class, the longest class of flying machine, and the largest airship by envelope volume. It was designed and built by the Zeppelin Company (Luftschiffbau Zeppelin GmbH) on the shores of Lake Constance in Friedrichshafen and was operated by the German Zeppelin Airline Company (Deutsche Zeppelin-Reederei). The airship flew from March 1936 until destroyed by fire on May 6, 1937, at the end of the first North American transatlantic journey of its second season of service. HINDENBURG LZ129 Passport-Stamp

Thirty-six people died in the accident, which occurred while landing at Lakehurst Naval Air Station in Manchester Township, New Jersey, United States. Memorabilia from ZEPPELIN LZ129 are extremely rare and fetch high prices with collectors.

HINDENBURG LZ129 Passport-Stamp

HINDENBURG LZ129 Passport-Stamp

Clearly visible is the stamp of “L.S. Hindenburg” where they changed money on board on 20th August 1936. The Brown’s returned with LUFTSCHIFF LZ129 back to LAKEHURST!

Interesting fact. I found another manuscript offered by a dealer with the following description…

Zeppelin Lz 129, 1936. 24mo – over 5″ – 5¾” tall. Manuscript, On offer, is an original, very unique, most unusual 1936 and 1937 manuscript travel diary of two [2] separate trips handwritten by an American woman named Mrs. Brown. Beginning with a trip aboard Zeppelin LZ 129 [in itself a rarity being a handwritten account of a flight on the short-lived Zeppelin air service] where Hindenburg Passenger Mrs. Brown recorded details of her 2 day trip from the USA to Europe and then she describes in her unique style of openness and bluntness points of interest, historical facts or racist jabs while on a fantastic tour with her husband. HINDENBURG LZ129 Passport-Stamp

The Browns do not make the usual stops and they travel off the beaten path many times; in the first trip going from New York to Berlin by Zeppelin to Holland to Paramaribo Surinam in South America and Trinidad. The second trip is December 7, 1937, to Japan to Zamboanga in the Philippines to Tin Can Island off Nigeria. A brilliant diarist in many ways she uses a stream of consciousness writing style sometimes making observations from politics, social, and sadly many racist as sadly Mrs. Brown all too frequently uses the racist idiom of the day mentioning ‘darkies’ and repeated use of the ‘N’ word. That said she really is a very interesting diarist and proves it over the 158 or so pages. HINDENBURG LZ129 Passport-Stamp

‘Crossing the line on the Frontier from the ras and “Heil Hitler,  Auf Wiedersehen” to the celebration of the Princess engagement everything wide open every kind of instrument and dress eels and fish for sale along the streets they eat them standing everywhere the smell of herring all over town and not a seat at any table..they march and sing the Dutch might be good fishermen but their singing sounds like a flat bottomed boat in a storm.’ ‘The darkies in the crew from the Dutch possessions are the same happy lot grab a broom sweep as far as they can reach whistling a tune the broom lands someplace but a Dutchman’s middle name should be scrub.’ ‘Went to a cockfight and saw the crowd go mad.’ ‘Zamboanga Went to the prison where prisoners are sent with good behavior some have their families with them the most interesting around here is the sea gypsies in their outriggers.’ ‘Fat Jews in bathing suits just like Atlantic City.’ HINDENBURG LZ129 Passport-Stamp

HINDENBURG LZ129 Passport-Stamp


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The word "passport" came up only in the mid 15th Century. Before that, such documents were safe conducts, recommendations or protection letters. On a practical aspect, the earliest passport I have seen was from the mid 16th Century. Read more...

2. Are there any notable historical figures or personalities whose passports are highly sought after by collectors?

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"Passports" before the 18th Century had a pure functional character. Security features were, in the best case, a watermark and a wax seal. Forgery, back then, was not an issue like it is nowadays. Only from the 1980s on, security features became a thing. A state-of-the-art passport nowadays has dozens of security features - visible and invisible. Some are known only by the security document printer itself. Read more...

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Lou Gehrig, Victor Tsoi, Marilyn Monroe, James Joyce, and Albert Einstein when it comes to the most expensive ones. Read more...

5. How do diplomatic passports differ from regular passports, and what makes them significant to collectors?

Such documents were often held by officials in high ranks, like ambassadors, consuls or special envoys. Furthermore, these travel documents are often frequently traveled. Hence, they hold a tapestry of stamps or visas. Partly from unusual places.

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A passport tells the story of its bearer and these stories can be everything - surprising, sad, vivid. Isabella Bird and her travels (1831-1904) or Mary Kingsley, a fearless Lady explorer.

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During war, a passport could have been a matter of life or death. Especially, when we are looking into WWII and the Holocaust. And yes, during that time, passports and similar documents were often forged to escape and save lives. Example...

8. How has the emergence of digital passports and biometric identification impacted the world of passport collecting?

Current modern passports having now often a sparkling, flashy design. This has mainly two reasons. 1. Improved security and 2. Displaying a countries' heritage, icons, and important figures or achievements. I can fully understand that those modern documents are wanted, especially by younger collectors.

9. Are there any specialized collections of passports, such as those from a specific country, era, or distinguished individuals?

Yes, the University of Western Sidney Library has e.g. a passport collection of the former prime minister Hon Edward Gough Whitlam and his wife Margaret. They are all diplomatic passports and I had the pleasure to apprise them. I hold e.g. a collection of almost all types of the German Empire passports (only 2 types are still missing). Also, my East German passport collection is quite extensive with pretty rare passport types.

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A good start is eBay, Delcampe, flea markets, garage or estate sales. The more significant travel documents you probably find at the classic auction houses. Sometimes I also offer documents from my archive/collection. See offers... As you are already here, you surely found a great source on the topic 😉

Other great sources are: Scottish Passports, The Nansen passport, The secret lives of diplomatic couriers

11. Is vintage passport collecting legal? What are the regulations and considerations collectors should know when acquiring historical passports?

First, it's important to stress that each country has its own laws when it comes to passports. Collecting old vintage passports for historical or educational reasons is safe and legal, or at least tolerated. More details on the legal aspects are here...

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