also from me a hearty welcome to the eZEPtalk forum.
I concur with @pasol and @Talltrees that your postcard is no fake but genuine. As in 1929 there was no direct airmail connection between Japan and Argentina it seems to be pretty clear that your postcard went by surface from Japan to Argentina. But which way ? From my point of view two alternative routes come into consideration:
1.via Sibiria and the Trans-Siberian railway to Moscow, from Moscow by railway to a port in Western Europe and from
there by ship to Buenos Aires/ Argentina
2.from Japan directly by ship over the Pacific Ocean to a port on the West coast of South America, e.g. Valparaiso in Chile and from there by train over the Andes to Buenos Aires. In this case your postcard most probably crossed the Andes from Los Andes in Chile to Mendoza in Argentina on board the adventurous Trasandino
which in 1929 was still in operation.
But there is another feature of your postcard which is a proof of its genuineness and which makes it an intriguing Zeppelin item from the 1929 Weltrundfahrt
and that is the name of the addressee: Ludwig Freude
Ludwig Freude (1889 - 1956) was a Buenos Aires businessman of German descent who had immigrated to Argentina in the early 1920ies and was later to become managing director of the Banco Alemán Transatlántico
, a subsiduary of the Deutsche Bank AG, and one of the wealthiest men in Argentina. During WW II Ludwig Freude is said to have run a spy network in Argentina which tried to help the Axis cause. Ludwig Freude allegedly was also a crucial player in the shipment of Nazi Gold to Argentina by German submarines in the last days of WW II which he is said to have invested inter alia in the name of a certain Eva Maria Duarte, better known today as Evita Peron.
Ludwig Freude and his son Rodolfo (1922 - 2003) had close links to the Argentinian President Juan Peron and his wife Evita. In 1946 Rodolfo Freude even became President Peron's personal secretary and head of the Central State Intelligence
Agency. Immediately after WW II Ludwig Freude and his son Rodolfo are said to have set up and financed a network that delivered Nazi war criminals safely to Argentina, inter alia Adolf Eichmann and Josef Mengele. Said network then was called by the Americans the "Nazi Rat-Lines".
When Ludwig's mother sent greetings from Hassloch in Germany to her son and his family in Buenos Aires on 10th August 1929 by way of the Zeppelin Weltrundfahrt neither she nor her son knew, however, which destiny lay before them. References