Zeppelin, Graf von
Autographed note signed - Zeppelin`s note appears on an autographed letter signed by Hermann Mohlau, two pages, 8,75 x 11,25 inch, `Hotel "Deutsches Haus" Friedrichshafen` letterhead, (Friedrichshafen), 25.11.1909, in German, concerning a mortgage on the amount of 45 000 Mark, the original letter (two pages in blue ink) is a petition to Graf von Zeppelin - Zeppelin added two days later an autographed briefing (acceptance with conditions for the mortgage: 1. cheaper interest - and that my expenses for the procurement of the capital are covered & 2. future payment) signed for his private secretary Uhland in black ink (five lines at the upper edge of the first page), written and signed by Graf von Zeppelin in black ink, with mild intersecting letter folds, paper-clip marks to the left corners, and staple rust stains and small holes to the upper and lower left corners of each page (not affecting the text or signatures of either Mohlau or Zeppelin) - in fine condition. "Ich bin bereit, die 45 000 Mark in I. Hypothek zu leihen Bedingungen: 1) billiger Zins - aber so, dass meine Auslagen für die Beschaffung des Kapitals gedeckt werden. 2) Rückzahlung in absehbarer Zeit: Zieler oder Tilgungszuschlag zum (Zins?) - Graf Zeppelin" The former German General founded the Zeppelin Airship Company having pioneered rigid airship development at the beginning of the 20th century. Zeppelin's notions were first formulated in 1874 and developed in detail in 1893. They were patented in Germany in 1895 and in the United States in 1899. After the outstanding success of the Zeppelin design, the word `zeppelin` was commonly used to refer to all rigid airships. In 1909 (the same year as the present letter, and perhaps a reason for the financial transaction it refers to) Zeppelin founded the world`s first airline in revenue service, the Deutsche Luftschiffahrts-AG (DELAG). The airships did not provide a scheduled service between cities, but generally operated pleasure cruises, carrying twenty passengers and by mid-1914 DELAG had carried over 10,000 fare paying passengers on over 1,500 flights. During World War I the German military made extensive use of Zeppelins as bombers and scouts, killing over 500 people in bombing raids in Great Britain. The Hindenburg disaster of 1937, along with political and economic issues, hastened the demise of the Zeppelins.
|Profession||German general and later aircraft manufacturer - he founded the Zeppelin Airship company|
|Size in inch (1 inch = 2.5 cm)||8,75 x 11,25|
|Type of Autograph||letters|