Throwback Thursday: a Peek Inside the Hindenburg, in Color!
Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't get that way overnight. Every Thursday, we're going to take a look back at travel the way it used to be, whether that's decades or centuries ago. This is Throwback Thursday, travel edition.
When anyone talks about Zeppelins, the most famous that comes to mind is the The Hindenburg that took its last flight in 1937. But the year before the tragedy, these German rigid airships were considered the future of air travel, with the biggest of them performing multiple transatlantic flights from Europe to the US and even a few to Brazil.
Technically the largest aircraft to ever take the skies, Zeppelins have a special place in aviation history regardless of flight duration and cost. Even though we might recognize them better in current day hovering over football stadiums with Good Year tagged on the side, we can appreciate the vintage travel of these babies!
The nine-day and $400 journey was reserved for up to 76 lucky passengers that were hoping to be part of history and thanks to The German Federal Archives, we can all catch a glimpse of what those travelers got to experience while silently floating over the ocean.
These color photos showcase the interior common areas of the cabin highlighting multiple dining rooms, a few lounges and entertainment areas and even a double-berth cabin. Nice, yeah? We do admit that the pics don't look like today's über-luxurious suites of Emirates or Singapore Airlines, but for the 1930s, this was a pinnacle of luxury and status. No doubt the beer on board was better than what's served up today on most airlines!
[Photo: German Federal Archives via Retronaut]