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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • GEORGE WASHINGTON CROSSING THE PIES

Zeppelins & Blimps

Silk Giant: 1923

Silk Giant: 1923

August 25, 1923. The Navy airship ZR-1 in its hangar at Lakehurst Naval Air Station, New Jersey. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

The Long Tail: 1923

The Long Tail: 1923

The airship ZR-1 leaving its hangar at Lakehurst Naval Air Station in New Jersey in 1923. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Shenandoah Disaster: 1925

Shenandoah Disaster: 1925

Sept.3, 1925. Front of the USS Shenandoah near Sharon, Ohio, the day after it fell to earth in three sections with the loss of 14 lives. Twenty-nine survived. Panoramic photo by Rell Sam Clements. View full size.

Dirigible of Baron deMarcay

Dirigible of Baron deMarcay

"Dirigible Balloon of Baron deMarcay," circa 1908. View full size. G.G. Bain.

 

Apparition: 1931

Apparition: 1931

The Graf Zeppelin hovering over Jerusalem. April 11, 1931. View full size. Dry plate glass negative. American Colony Photo Department.

 

Hovering: 1931

Hovering: 1931

The Graf Zeppelin over Jerusalem's Old City. April 11, 1931. View full size. Dry plate glass negative. American Colony Photo Department.

Graf Zeppelin: 1931

Graf Zeppelin: 1931

The Graf Zeppelin over Jerusalem. April 11, 1931. View full size. Dry plate glass negative. American Colony Photo Department.

 
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