Numbered in ink by unknown hand, upper left corner: [crossed out] 35//59
The LZ 129 Hindenburg was an immense rigid airship (or Zeppelin) built to carry passengers across the Atlantic Ocean, linking Europe and the Americas. This early press photograph was one of the hundreds taken over the course of the Hindenburg’s service that relayed to an interested public the comings and goings of this unprecedented vehicle. Less than one year after this photograph was taken, the Hindenburg unexpectedly exploded on the same New Jersey airfield. The large number of assembled journalists captured the moment of tragedy in photographs, newsreel coverage, and radio reports. Through this documentation, the disaster reached millions across the globe, linking them in a shared, shocking experience.
"Acquisitions of the Princeton University Art Museum 2010," Record of the Princeton University Art Museum 70 (2011): p. 69-110.