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ZEPPELIN MAIL FROM ESTONIA TO NORTH AMERICA IN 1936

(Eesti Filatelist #39, 2005)

In April 1936 the Estonian GPO was informed by the German Postministerium that Zeppelin Flights to North America were to be started May 16 and were to carry mail to USA, Canada, Mexico, Central American countries, West Indies, Columbia and Venezuela.

Participation was offered to Estonia. Philatelic covers were accepted for only the 1st North America Flight.

The cost of mail transport by Zeppelin was rather high and the air mail tariffs at that time did not cover the charges to be made. However, the GPO decided to accept the offer. On May 2, 1936 all P.O.´s were informed about the Zeppelin mail and that a special Zeppelin surcharge was to be made - 1 kroon for each 5g.