For the first scheduled entry in Blimp Week II here at mike.whybark.com, a simple, link-oriented post. Sure, you watched the Hindenberg III slide by last week in the theater, and it was a peculiar mix of grandiose and intimate. But something was missing, nonetheless. What could it be?
Well, in part at least, the answer is nothing less than binocular vision! Thanks to the wonders of modern electron transmission technology, today’s ‘always-on’ intarweb can help to rectify your balance due. At least two sites specialize in presenting 3-D images of airships past to the world.
Zeppelin-3d.de is a German-language frame-based website devoted to a selection of red-green 3D images from the entire history of the initial development of the German rigid airships known as Zeppelins. Lucky for us non-German speakers, the Union Jack to the lower right of the bottom frame opens an English-language menu that points to the rough-and-ready English translations of the web site’s pages, such as this brief set of views featuring the U. S. Navy’s Akron and Macon.
The cross-linked site Stereoscopic Images of Lighter Than Air Flight concentrates on double-print stereographic views, rather than the superimposed images seen at the German site. However, it should be noted that it’s likely that many of the images seen on the German site originated as double-print stereographs, as the Zeppelin company apparently published or sponsored several viewer-integrated stereoscopic souvenir kits.
The preceding links were found via a trip to the invaluable Airship website, maintained for nearly a decade by John Dziadecki.