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Hindenburg Original News Wire/Press release Photo 1936

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Original News Wire/Press release Photo (8x10")
Original Period I Photo
"Better Time & Memories for the Hindenburg"

Incredible piece of History!

Very rare original First Generation wire/press release photos of the Hindenburg disaster. We just acquired a collection of original Hindenburg photos taken on the day of the explosion in Lakehurst NJ. These are photos used on the very day of the crash, May 6, 1937. It was a day that will forever be part of the history books. And, this photo captured that catastrophic event and were immediately used for publication in newspapers around the world. The back of each has the original new wire snipe along with the original ACME Newspictures stamps and United Press Newspictures stamps.

This particular photo has an original wire/press release snipe on back dated 5/20/36, a year before the crash. Here was a successful trip from Frankfurt to Lake Hurst, NJ.    A spectacular image of the great Zeppelin class airship, the Hindenburg. Just incredible!

Be sure to see our other Hindenburg original 1937 and 1936 (pre crash) photos.

Note: Cvtreasures stamp not on original photo

A Zeppelin is a type of rigid airship pioneered by the German Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin in the early 20th century. Zeppelin's ideas were first outlined in 1874 and formulated in detail in 1893. They were patented in Germany in 1895 and in the United States in 1899. After the outstanding success of the Zeppelin design, the term zeppelin in casual use came to refer to all rigid airships. Zeppelins were first flown commercially in 1910 by Deutsche Luftschiffahrts-AG (DELAG), the world's first airline in revenue service. By mid-1914, DELAG had carried over 34,000 passengers on over 1,500 flights. After the outbreak of World War I, the German military made extensive use of Zeppelins as bombers and scouts.

The World War I defeat of Germany in 1918 temporarily halted the airship business. But under the guidance of Hugo Eckener, the deceased Count's successor, civilian Zeppelins became popular again. In 1919 DELAG established scheduled daily services between Berlin, Munich, and Friedrichshafen. Their heyday was during the 1930s when the airships LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin and LZ 129 Hindenburg operated regular transatlantic flights from Germany to North America and Brazil. The Art Deco spire of the Empire State Building was originally, if impractically, designed to serve as a mooring mast for Zeppelins and other airships to dock at. The Hindenburg disaster in 1937, along with political and economic issues, hastened the demise of the Zeppelins.

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