NEWSPAPER – FEATURING THE CRASH OF THE ZEPPELIN “HINDENBURG” – 8 MAY 1937.
This is a complete newspaper dated 8 May 1937 that has the headline about the explosion and crash of the zeppelin “Hindenburg.” Since Germany had used its airships for scouting and bombing during World War I, the Zeppelin Company was faced by a financial crisis when Germany lost. The founder, Graf von Zeppelin, had died in 1917, leaving Hugo Eckener (1868-1954) to carry on. He was able to build a zeppelin funded by the German government that served as a war reparation. It was given to the U.S. government, then became the U.S.S. Los Angeles and was operated successfully by the U.S. Navy for many years.
Eckener then turned to building an airship that would compete directly with luxury liners. The speed and distance to be covered far outstripped ship travel and even the fledgling airline travel. The first post-World War I zeppelin was the Graf Zeppelin (LZ-127), which was joined by the Hindenburg (LZ-129). The Graf Zeppelin flew more than 1,000,000 miles without any issues. Her sister ship, the Hindenburg, was not so fortunate. It exploded in a fireball while docking at the Lakehurst, NJ U.S. naval airbase.
The newspaper in question was the Bayerisches Anzeiger (Bavarian Scoreboard). A large photo of the Hindenburg (sporting large swastikas) in happier days accompanies the lead story. [It is interesting to note that Eckener was very anti Nazi. The Zeppelin Company had been nationalized prior to the Hindenburg’s crash, pushing Eckener aside in favor of management more sympathetic to the Nazis. The paper contains numerous other stories and some interesting advertising.
The newspaper’s condition is quite good, overall. Some occasional page foxing is present, so care should be exercised when turning them. [On a personal note, my mother-in-law told me she saw the Hindenburg fly over her New York school on its way to Lakehurst, NJ on that fateful day].