Nov 15, 2013
Jun 30, 2010
Nov 15, 2013

Airship Hindenberg: View Inside the Engine

Airship Hindenberg: View Inside the Engine

c. 1936

Alfred Tritschler

(German, 1905–1970)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 23.4 x 17.4 cm (9 3/16 x 6 7/8 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 2007.134



Tritschler shows the Hindenburg, based in Friedrichshafen, Germany, in flight during its first trip to South America. The photographer, who had been hired to document the voyage, used a Leica, a relatively new German 35 mm camera. Its small size and light weight allowed it to be handheld at many different angles and to be used in restricted, unstable places such as this engine compartment, which would have been quite difficult to photograph in flight with a bulkier camera requiring a tripod. One year later, while attempting to dock in New Jersey, the Hindenburg caught fire and was destroyed. The accident extinguished confidence in the use of rigid airships for passenger travel.

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