This is the entire page as it appears in the photo album. (This has
been retouched a bit, to remove smudges in the photos.) This is a scaled-down
image. Click on it for a higher resolution scan. [730K].
The top photo of the Hindenburg on page 3 of Grandpa's photo album.
No the Hindenburg is not leaking fuel there just below it. That's a
smudge. Hindenburg looks ghostly. Must be foggy.
The bottom photo of the Hindenburg on the same page. A little
clearer and darker. In the hi-res scan you can just depict the swastikas
on the tail.
The newspaper clipping on the facing page (from an unknown newspaper) of
the Hindenburg exploding over Lakehurst Naval Air Station
The description below the picture reads:
THE HINDENBURG EXPLODES, 1937.Twenty photographers were
waiting to take routine shots when the Hindenburg arrived
at Lakehurst, N.J., on her 21st Atlantic crossing. Sud-
denly fire broke out; 60 seconds later nothing was left of
the dirigible but molten metal. The cameramen reacted
instantaneously to produce the most complete coverage of a
news event in history.
UPDATE - January, 2002:
Henry Kreuger, while browsing the Internet, spotted this page and sent me
an e-mail with a little help (with thanks)...
Interesting photos (on the website). I noted your confusion about the
"rendezvous with death" and the date on the photo. One thing I noted in the
hi-rez photo. The Hindenburg seems to bear no Olympic rings on its side.
Berlin hosted the '36 Olympics which were held in August. The rings were
removed during the seasonal lay over and so the photo HAS to be from 1937.
If it is from 1937 and a photo of the ship over America, it has to have been
taken on May 6, 1937.. within hours of the Lakehurst disaster. The only day
in 1937 the ship was in the United States. I think the photo was mis-dated
but the caption was correct.
If Henry is correct, then that would mean that this photo was taken the SAME
DAY as the disaster, on it's final inbound leg to Lakehurst. In that case,
If it turns out to be same day as the disaster, then the historical
importance of these photographs just jumped. These photos could have been
taken anywhere from Seaside Heights to Asbury Park, as the Hindenburg on
that day could not land right away due to low visibility and gusty winds
when it first arrived at Lakehurst at 4pm. It flew around along the
shoreline between Seaside Heights and Asbury Park until it was told
conditions were better at about 7:10pm. If anyone can help ID where these
photos were taken, exactly, I would appreciate it. Here
are the two photos again, this time, overlaid upon each other so that
the homes line up. Hopefully this will aid someone in recognizing the
If you're in England, watch for the Wark-Clements TV program called The
A-Z of Disasters. Under the part about the "Hindenburg," the higher res
of these two photos can be seen. But don't blink. It goes by so fast you
may miss it. This satisfies me, too. I have helped to make my grandfather
just a little more famous by doing that.
Look for these photos soon, too, in the upcoming Rutgers University Press
publication, Encyclopedia of New Jersey! [UPDATE: Unfortunately,
Rutgers Press screwed up. I paid a hefty price to obtain a copy of their
"Encyclopedia" only to discover that on the page where my grandfather's
Hindenburg photo was supposed to have appeared, they used someone ELSE'S
photo, and placed a description beneath it giving credit to my grandfather.
(sigh) And we went through SUCH A HASSLE to get that photo TO them at their
request, too! I had to take it to a professional studio and get it scanned
in high enough resolution by them. Then I had to make photographic copies
suitable for them and send them to them by mail. And after finally receiving
the damned thing, it was all screwed up. On top of that, they wouldn't give
a refund or offer a trade-up for the next corrected version (IF one was ever
published). Needless to say, I wasn't happy with Rutgers.]
UPDATE - February, 2011:
Reader Scott Schanke, of England, seems to have solved the mystery of WHERE
the photos were taken. They were apparently taken from the west side of
Terrace Road in Belmar, looking east. Using Bing
Scott was able to hunt around using satellite imagery of Belmar, looking at
modern rooftops, and was able to find matches with the old photos.
In the old photos, Shark River would be located right behind the photographer.
The lake seen in the photos is apparently not named. It is located between
Shark River and Silver Lake, but connected to Shark River. The homes seen in
the old photos are apparently along the street known as Inlet Terrace in
Anybody who lives in Belmar who might be able to go there with a camera and try
to pinpoint where the photo might have been taken from? Would be interesting
to know just where my grandfather was standing. Not a HIGH priority but if
anyone feels like doing that, that would be nice. :)
So I guess now the next step would be to see if they have any detailed flight
path maps for each trip - with detail on the flight paths over New Jersey.
If we can do THAT, then we can probably solve the myetery of which day
EXACTLY, that these photos were taken.
My grandfather seemed to get around a lot. Seems like he was always someplace
just at the right time. If you're interested, here's a
story about a trip he and his best friend took to Washington, D.C. in 1906,
where they took some photos and did some things which today might perhaps be
considered somewhat "delinquent"...such as scaling some unattended scaffolding
beneath the Capitol Rotunda, finding a secret door, exiting outside just
beneath the statue at the top of the dome, walking around a bit at the top,
and then taking some photos. Actually, it's but one story that is part of
the main - about how I tried to retrace my grandfather's 1906 footsteps
during a 1996 trip to D.C. that I took there, myself.
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with videotaping launches as seen from here in Gainesville, Florida.
Sometimes the shuttle presents some pretty unusual and spectacular shots.
For those who had no clue that you could see rocket launches away from the
Cape, you should enjoy this, especially.
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