History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days. ~Winston Churchill

28 June, 2012

Zeppelin!

The days of the Zeppelins! Mostly late 20s-30s.


The National Archives, UK

The Graf Zeppelin over St. Paul's, London, 1930. Source



San Diego Air and Space Museum

The Graf Zeppelin over Swiss mountains, c. 1930. A lovely commentator has identified the place further as: "Bürgenstock Mountain in central Switzerland near Lucerne. Mountain on the left is Stanserhorn, to the right is Pilatus, only partially visible. Village in center of pic is Obbürgen, canton of Nidwalden." Source



Nationaal Archief

A sailor waving at a friend onboard a Zeppelin, New Jersey 1936. Source




San Diego Air and Space Museum

The Graf Zeppelin taking off from LA at midnight, 1930. [I'm not sure what kind of deterioration those blue spots are, but looks cool, eh?]. Source



Bergen Public Library

The Graf Zeppelin over Bergen, Norway, 1930. Source



National Archives UK

A moored British R101 airship over a cow field, c, 1929. Source



The National Archives UK

An airship under construction in England, c. 1928. Source



LIFE archives © Time Inc. 

The Graf Zeppelin over Hamburg, 1928. Source



San Diego Air and Space Museum

The Graf Zeppelin over a unnamed city, c. 1930. Source



San Diego Air and Space Museum

The Graf Zeppelin in the mountains, c. 1930. Source



Nationaal Archief

An American zeppelin flying near the Empire State Building (under construction), 1930. Source



Nationaal Archief

A Zeppelin flies low over a train while a stuntman transfers. Undated. Source



San Diego Air and Space Museum

Crowds greeting the landing of the Graf Zeppelin in England, 1931. Source



The National Archives UK

A Zeppelin over the Thames, 1930. Source



Nationaal Archief

Workers at the Zeppelin factory constructing the Hindenburg, Germany, 1934. Source



Herbert Orth, LIFE archives © Time Inc.

The Graf Zeppelin over Rio, 1930s. [the LIFE archive says 1954, which isn't even possible; the Graf last flew in 1938]. Source





Nationaal Archief

An English airship moored in a farmer's field, 1928. Source



San Diego Air and Space Museum

A zeppelin in a field, somewhere. Source



Nationaal Archief

Parisians cheer as a very early zeppelin rounds the Eiffel Tower, 1901. Source

5 comments:

Shay said...

I believe the uniformed individual in the third photo is a sailor, not a Marine. He's wearing the rather distinctive "dixie cup" hat as well as white leggings, and in the 20's and 30's Marine leggings were khaki. Checking the source, it appears that the owner of the site translated the Dutch word "marinier" into "Marine" when it actually means sailor.

Just my 2 cents'.

Anna said...

Thanks for noticing! I'm sure you're exactly right that it's a product of the Dutch translation. I'll go and change that! :)

Shay said...

Sorry to be so anal retentive (g). I enjoy your site very much.

nothing said...

The photo Graf Zeppelin in the Mountains. C. 1930 is over Bürgenstock Mountain in central Switzerland near Lucerne. Mountain on the left is Stanserhorn, to the right is Pilatus, only partially visible. Village in center of pic is Obbürgen, canton of Nidwalden.

Anna said...

Thank you! That is terrific to know!

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