Eddie Weeks - John Daynes Plate Winner - 2019
“Zeppelin Mail of World War I”
During World War I the German Army and Navy operated some 130 airships either as bombers or for reconnaissance. Most of these airships used cachets or handstamps on mail from the crew (about 20 for each craft) indicating the mail was official and free. Mail with such cachets are uncommon and this exhibit showed examples from 12 airships together with some pictorial postcards of the airships. There were also three covers with cachets of the airship bases.
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Lorraine Maguire - Presidents Cup Winner - 2019
With her entry entitled “Kiwi’s in Captivity” - the entry told the story of and showed WW2 POW mail sent by New Zealand servicemen from POW camps in Italy and Germany. It gave a brief resume of their capture in the Greece and North African campaigns. Details were given of each prisoner’s history in New Zealand and in the 2nd New Zealand Expeditionary Division.
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