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ZEPPELIN GRAPHICS

A graphics intensive site!


I have been coming across graphics commemorating the golden age of airships - real and imaginary - which I find quite interesting. I'm trying to gather some of them here and hope I'm not stepping on anyone's copyright. If I am, please let me know and I will rectify the situation. In the meantime, I hope to post some of what I find here and as much references to the work as I can find.

Russia

I find it fascinating that the Soviet Union had serious intentions on building a fleet of Zeppelin-like airships. They were never built. I have come across illustrations of paintings, drawings, posters, and stamps depicting various USSR/CCCP dirigibles. Some are illustrated below.

KUPZOW painting

 

Artist

Wassili Kupzow

Title

ZEPPELIN

Date

1933

Media

Ol auf Leinwand

Dimensions

280 x 130 cm

Location

Zentrales Museum der Streitkrafte (Armeemuseum) -- Moscow

Reference

Berlin-Moscow: 1900-1950
Munchen&New York--Prestel--1995
ISBN: 3791314882

This splendid-looking painting depicts a Hindenburg-sized CCCP dirigible flying above land and clouds escorted by conventional Soviet aircraft. The colors are quite vibrant!

I wish I could view this painting firsthand or find a poster of this one so I could make out the detail. The next time you're in Moscow, visit the Museum and see if one is available. It would be marvelous if some museum would assemble a traveling exhibit of airship graphics!

RUSSIAN AIRSHIP poster

Artist

Anonymous

Title

LET'S REVIVE OUR AIR TRANSPORT. OUR FIRST AIRSHIP, THE VLADIMIR LENIN

Date

Not dated. c1930s?

Media

Poster

Dimensions

37 x 44 cm (14 1/2 x 17 1/2 in)

Location

Leningrad

Reference

?

There was no such airship as the "Lenin." The first Soviet (as distinguished from pre-WWI Russian) airship was semi-rigid, designed by Italian Gen. Umberto Nobile.

 

Although the illustration is tiny, it seems to show a German design (Stalin's airship envy?) The poster's wording (or its translation) is vague, so the reference may not necessarily be to an actual airship as depicted. I tend to think it's one of those "5-year plan" projects that never materialized -- despite the propaganda. (The Soviets allegedly started construction on a large, rigid airship in the late 1930s, but there has NEVER been any proof that it was anywhere near finished. Stalin was busy purging his aviation design bureaus about that time, and Nobile had returned to Italy, so there may not have been anyone to build such a ship.) The USSR did build some smallish blimps in WWII and odd-ball prototypes thereafter, but nothing like a huge Zeppelin for the Proletariat! -- Eric Brothers

 

Artist

?

Title

[Graf Zeppelin over Moscow]

Date

1991

Media

Stamp

Dimensions

?

Location

?

Reference

?

 

My interest in airships has led me to stamps. In the philatelic world the Zeppelin stamps are a most interesting topical pursuit. I confess to owning only three of the Russian stamps and two are not good specimens. I came across this one in a stamp advertisement and hope to track it down at a stamp exhibit the next time one comes to the Denver area.

The Soviets issued a series of stamps in the late 20s & early 30s depicting unbuilt Soviet airships as well as the globe-trotting Graf Zeppelin. This 1991 commemorative depicts the Graf Zeppelin flying over the Kremlin during its 1929 visit. Any information about this and any other Russian stamp would be most welcome.

 

 
This site was created, written and is maintained by John Dziadecki 1995-2014. Images and quotes that are not the author's remain in the copyright of the originator. The information contained in this website is for educational purposes only. Additions and corrections are welcomed! Please send comments, suggestions and possible links to John.Dziadecki@colorado.edu. Last update: 2 March 2004