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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ROSES BY VINCENT VAN GOGH, 1890

Zeppelins & Blimps

Lincoln Blimp: 1930

Lincoln Blimp: 1930

February 1930. Washington, D.C. "Army Airship C-41 lands on Mall and airmen, led by Brigadier General William J. Flood of the 19th Airship Company, place wreath at Lincoln Memorial, honoring Lincoln's Birthday." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Up in Ypres: 1917

Up in Ypres: 1917

October 27, 1917. "Western Front (Belgium), Ypres Area -- an observation balloon about to ascend." Glass negative by James Francis Hurley. View full size.

 

How to Bed a Balloon: 1942

How to Bed a Balloon: 1942

May 1942. Continuing the series last seen here. "Parris Island, South Carolina. Special Marine units learning how to bed down a big barrage balloon." Photos by Pat Terry and Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Army Airship: 1922

Army Airship: 1922

C-2 Army blimp makes record flight through fog and storm. Photographed upon arrival at Bolling Field. A powerful searchlight helped guide the craft through heavy fogs.

-- Washington Post, July 29, 1922

July 1922. Washington, D.C. "C-2 dirigible at Bolling Field." The mystery aircraft first seen here. A few months later it met a fiery end in a hangar explosion in Texas. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Aircraft X: 1920s

Aircraft X: 1920s

UPDATE: The photo is from July 1922. The original caption:

"Army dirigible C-2 at Bolling Field." More here.

Washington, D.C., or vicinity in what looks to be the 1920s. Who can put a name to this unidentified flying object? 4x5 glass negative. View full size.

 

Photo Finish: 1925

Photo Finish: 1925

Washington, D.C. "Lt. W.L. Richardson, 9/5/25." Walter Richardson, Navy photographer who survived the crash of the airship USS Shenandoah three days earlier. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Uber Boston: 1936

Uber Boston: 1936

"The Hindenburg over Boston Common, 1936." Sunday marked the 75th anniversary of the German airship's explosion at Lakehurst, New Jersey. Medium format acetate negative by Leslie Jones. Boston Public Library. View full size.

 
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