David Marks has collected 200 propaganda cards
The German Kaiser hoped the giant airships would strike terror in the British but instead the people created the comic postcards that poked fun at the enemy.
Aviation expert David Marks has collected 200 of the stoic propaganda cards which were aimed at finding humour in the darkest of situations.
People often sent them to loved ones following a bombing raid to let them know they were all right.
The front of one humorous postcard depicts the Kaiser's face on a Zeppelin, which is referred to as a 'The Gasbag'.
Several of the postcards feature children bravely sitting in the open-air under an umbrella in a sign of defiance.
The caption reads: "We're prepared for the Zeppelin raids."
There is one of a kneeling child in her bedroom saying the following prayer: "Please keep the Zepps away tonight, keep me save till morning light, and if you see the Kaiser bending, please put a bomb beneath his ending."
Several of the postcards are quite racy including one of an excited dog with his tongue out seeking shelter under a woman's dress with the caption 'taking cover is all right'.
They reinforced the belief that Britons everywhere could cope
A fierce looking lady with her arms on her hips is accompanied with the caption: "I would like to see the German who would dare drop a bomb of me."
Several children take shelter under the belly of a portly gentleman in another.
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The postcards were sent between Brits to keep up morale during the First World War
Airmen who shot down Zeppelins were seen as heroes and their faces adorned numerous postcards.
Mr Marks, of Southgate, North London, has also collected German propaganda postcards which celebrate the might of the Zeppelin and its destructive capabilities.
The postcards have been amassed over the last 30 years at antique fairs and auctions.
He has now complied them in a new book called Let The Zeppelins Come which has been published.
Mr Marks, 50, said: "Everything illustrated in this book is from my own collection, at the heart of which is my archive of postcards.
"Postcards of the damage caused by the raids were quickly produced and circulated in the early months of the campaign, before the government began to censor such output.
People often sent them to loved ones after a bombing raid to let them know they were all right
"There were also images of large groups of soldiers and civilians, young and old, standing amid the devastated ruins of their towns and villages, or posing in bomb craters or with the bombs themselves.
"However, another sort of postcard began to emerge almost immediately the raids began.
"Comic postcards were produced by talented artists, as publishers quickly moved to reflect the many challenges to the everyday lives of the public.
"They reinforced the belief that Britons everywhere could cope and, eventually, conquer the Zeppelin threat."
The first Zeppelin raid over Britain was on January 19, 1915, with Norfolk coming under attack.
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By the end of year there had been 20 raids on Britain which left more than 200 people dead and 500 injured.
London was bombed by a Zeppelin for the first time in May and there were four more raids on the capital between August and October.
Since no lanes opposed the Zeppelins, home defences were inadequate and they were able to steer an 'almost leisurely' course over London.
The War Office and the Admiralty finally responded with measures to improve guns, link searchlight stations and co-ordinate aircraft squadrons.
Trials of explosive and phosphorus bullets were successfully carried out and from July 1916 the machine gun drums of defending aircraft were routinely filled with a combination of this ammunition.
Mr Marks have complied the cards in a new book called Let The Zeppelins Come
On the night of September 2, 1916, a Sch??tte-Lanz airship was brought down over mainland Britain by Lieutenant William Leefe Robinson. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for his exploits.
This was swiftly followed by the destruction of three of the newest 650ft long 'super' Zeppelins and the invincibility of the Zeppelins had been shattered.
While there were sporadic raids into 1917 and 1918, the air raid initiative passed from airships to planes.
In total, Zeppelins made about 50 bombing raids on Britain during the war with 557 people killed and 1,358 injured. About 30 Zeppelins were shot down or lost in accidents.
Let The Zeppelins Come by David Marks is published by Amberley books and costs £14.99.