Tuesday, August 7, 2012
"The golden age of the passenger airship came to an abrupt halt on May 6, 1937 when the Hindenburg scorched the night sky over Lakehurst, New Jersey. Stunned by newsreel footage of the disaster, the public understandably lost faith in the zeppelin as a secure mode of transport. Needless to say (despite occasional rumors of its resuscitation) the dirigible industry has yet to fully recover. But for the first three decades of the 20th century, an extraordinary variety of lighter-than-air craft shared the airways with early airplanes and gliders. F.A. Bernett Books has recently acquired two albums of photographs and postcards that illustrate the history of these curious aerostatic vehicles, both before and after the Hindenburg."