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

Zeppelins & Blimps

Dead Soldier in Southern France: 1944

Dead Soldier in Southern France: 1944

This image is part of my grandfather John Baker's "warbook" from World War II. The likely date of this image is August 15, 1944 according to notes written in the Warbook. According to the US Coast Guard ship history, the likely location for this is Baie de Cavalaire. This image was taken by Dale Rooks, as seen by his signature in the lower right. Dale Rooks and John Baker were both about the USS Duane, which was a Coast Guard cutter ship. View full size.

Enterprise: 1938

Enterprise: 1938

Washington, D.C., circa 1938. "Goodyear Blimp at Washington Air Post." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Airship: 1915

Airship: 1915

New York, March 22, 1915. "Navy dirigible, Long Island." 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Going Up: 1938

Going Up: 1938

April 13, 1938. Washington, D.C. "Goodyear Blimp, Golden Gate." Promoting the World's Fair in San Francisco. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Goodyear Blimp: 1938

Goodyear Blimp: 1938

April 13, 1938. Washington, D.C. "Goodyear blimp Enterprise at Washington Air Post." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Flyover: 1928

Flyover: 1928

"Graf Zeppelin over Capitol." The German airship on its visit to Washington in October 1928. National Photo Co. Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Made in America: 1937

Made in America: 1937

June 9, 1937. "Congress sees model of new proposed American-designed dirigible. Rep. Edward A. Kenney (right) of New Jersey, Chairman of the House Interstate Commerce Committee, viewing a model of a new American designed dirigible displayed at the Capitol today. Roland B. Respess, President of the Respess Aeronautical Engineering Corp., is pointing out the features of the ship to the House member. The House Interstate Subcommittee is hearing the witness on a bill recently introduced to authorize the loan of $12 million for constructing two eight-million-cubic-foot dirigible airships, a large American airship plane, and Atlantic operating terminal with a view toward establishing twice-a-week Trans-Atlantic airship service." Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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