Category Archives: History

University of Akron receives large airship materials collection

Source: Crain’s Cleveland Business – By Rachel Abbey McCafferty Akron will soon be home to a large collection documenting an industry the city has played a critical part in developing: airships, like the famous Goodyear blimps.

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France’s Lost Pigeon-and-Balloon Memorial Is Well Worth Remembering

Source: Atlas Obscura – By Cara Giaimo The statue – made by the sculptor of the Statue of Liberty – paid tribute to a flock of 19th-century war heroes.

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How a WWI Blimp Pump Made My Day

Source: The Cape Cod Chronicle – By: Dan Broderick It’s really interesting, even intriguing, how things (they are called gifts if we want them, or other unusual words, if we don’t) end up in a museum.

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100 Years Ago, Balloon Men Tamed the Skies Over Fritch’s Lake

Source: Akron Beacon Journal – By Mark J. Price One of the lesser-known stories of World War I is the naval invasion of Fritch’s Lake. The Suffield Township pond, named for Portage County settlers John and Mary Fritch, served … Continue reading

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The Brief, Wondrous, High-Flying Era of Zeppelin Dining

Source: Atlas Obscura – By Natasha Frost The Hindenburg’s fattened ducklings and caviar were essentially German propaganda.

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