The Rare Book Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Wilson Library has a massive collection of WWI postcards (nearly 10,000!). The three here depict German Zeppelins (also referred to as “dirigibles”), which were used widely in Germany’s bombing campaigns. This included many air raids over England beginning in 1915 and primarily continuing through 1917 (with a few raids that included Zeppelins taking place in 1918).  In all, approximately 1500 people were killed by bombs dropped on English soil during the First World War, including those from German Zeppelins.

1. German dirigible “Hansa” arriving at Potsdam Harbor, part of the Underwood & Underwood postcard collection

2. Zeppelin über der Schlachtflotte, from the Vereinigung der Kunstfreunde Kriegspostkarte collection.  

3. “The low down thing that plays the low down game,” from Zeppelin postcards.  

See many more Zeppelin photos and related memorabilia at the DPLA portal.  

The UNC Chapel Hill collections come to DPLA via the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center.