U.S.S. Akron - from the South Portico of the White House by Unidentified

U.S.S. Akron - from the South Portico of the White House by Unidentified

U.S.S. Akron - from the South Portico of the White House

Unidentified

Title

U.S.S. Akron - from the South Portico of the White House

 
Artist
Year
1931  
Technique
photograph 
Image Size
9 1/8 x 5 15/16" image size 
Signature
unsigned 
Edition Size
not stated 
Annotations
titled on accomanying former matboard: "U.S.S. Akron / November 2, 1931 / From the South Portico of the White House" 
Reference
 
Paper
antique-white cardstock 
State
 
Publisher
 
Inventory ID
21862 
Price
Price On Request 
Description
The U.S.S. Akron airship was built by the U.S. Navy as the world's first purpose-built aircraft carrier, with the ability to carry F9C Sparrowhawk fighter planes for launch and recovery while in flight. It was the largest helium-filled aircraft of the time. After just two years of service, it went down off the coast of New Jersey in a thunderstorm, on April 4, 1933. This image is probably was probably taken by the press during a promotional or maiden voyage around the country's capitol. Other images from this time suggest it could have been taken by a member of the Acme News Agency, which operated from 1923 to 1955.