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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Jerusalem: 1931

Jerusalem: 1931

Graf Zeppelin over the Tower of David, Jerusalem. April 11, 1931. View full size. American Colony Photo Dept. Visit the Shorpy Zeppelin Hangar.

 

Zeppelin

Zeppelin's had engines too, how else would they get anywhere? I'm sure you could hear them as well, since they would have 4 to 6 engines for thrust to move

[Evidently zeppelins had apostrophes too. Who knew? - Dave]

These were beautiful ships.

These were beautiful ships.

Airship

Tres UFO!

Must've felt odd...

Planes make a noise, you know they're there, and they're never there long... these things though, just hanging silently over head... Yeah. I gotta agree with the ominous description.

ominous

This shot just feels ominous to me. Like a great monster in the sky watching...watching...

 
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