“Glucklich Reise dir Deine Freunde” – circa 1910

We have seen several postcards related to blimps or zeppelins – the wonders of the sky in the early 20th century.

(Other postcard stories featured a blimp at the Empire State Building, a blimp passing the Statue of Liberty, hovering over Lucerne, Switzerland, etc,)

Until the Hindenburg disaster in 1937, zeppelins were considered the rivals of airplanes in the future of air travel.

This postcard illustration was made and printed in Germany sometime around 1910.

Two children, a boy and a girl, are perched upon a miniature zeppelin which is laden with garlands.

The children are adrift in clouds; one child is wielding a four-leaf clover, one a basket of blossoms.

The scene is richly-colored and lavishly gilded.

The postcard was not mailed, but an inscription is written on the reverse – a German phrase expressing “Happy Travels (or Trip, or Journey) from your friends, Fritz and Hans”.

(It would never do to have German-speakers use a French phrase such as “Bon Voyage”!)

Because use of the German language was so prevalent in parts of the US before World War I, there is no need to assume that the postcard was not presented somewhere within this nation.

One hopes that Hans, Fritz, and their traveling friend, found happiness and success in the years to come.


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