rejectomorph (flying_blind) wrote,

Oh, the Iconage!

I got distracted from my project to write entries about my user icons, but this is an appropriate day to make this one. It was on the evening of May 6th, 1937 that the airship Hindenberg burst into flames and crashed in Lakehurst, New Jersey, bringing the age of airship travel to an abrupt end. It isn't difficult to see why I chose this particular icon. It is a dramatic example of things going terribly wrong, and instantly recognizable as such, making it highly appropriate for certain kinds of entries -- especially those about computers and the Internet. There are a lot of frames available from the film taken that day, including some which have been luridly colorized, but I chose a classic black and white. My stolen original isn't too big, so I'll post it without a cut:

May 6th, 1937

The Hindenberg

I was always fond of the airship's smaller cousin, the blimp, and used to see them frequently as a child in Los Angeles. My parents remember seeing full sized dirigibles, which were all gone by the time I was born. I liked hearing the story of the time the Shenandoah flew directly over my mother's neighborhood in Culver City one day in the 1920's, and always wished I could have seen one of the aerial behemoths in person. Maybe someday, some rich eccentric will build one for himself, and I'll get my wish. These days, it's hard to believe that such things ever existed. I'd love to see something the size of the Empire State building floating in midair.

There were nice clouds today, bringing a few moments of shade to the earth now and then. It truly looked like spring. I've missed that.

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