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Fragment from the dirigible "Shenandoah"

Object Number: 
2003.11.3
Date: 
1920
Medium: 
Fabric
Dimensions: 
Overall: 10 x 13 in. ( 25.4 x 33 cm )
Marks: 
inscription: in ink on verso: "SHENANDOAH/February 1925"
Description: 
Textile fragment from the outer shell of the Navy dirigible "Shenandoah"; painted to simulate aluminum.
Gallery Label: 
The Navy dirigible "Shenandoah," the first airship to use non-flammable helium instead of flammable hydrogen, was first launched in 1923. In a shocking disaster, the 682-foot flying battleship ripped apart over Ohio during a thunderstorm on September 3, 1925. Fourteen men were killed; 29 survived. This aluminum-painted fabric, collected by Charles M. Lee (1914-2001) in Lakehurst, NJ as a young boy, was part of the dirigible's outer shell.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Anita K. Lee
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group