Normally, the 1930s are far too modern for me, but these 1931 pictures of a Graf Zeppelin visiting the Great Pyramids perfectly capture the birth of the modern world, so they couldn’t be left out of this blog!



The first picture is of a man and a boy perched high above the city, watching the zeppelin leave Cairo to approach the Great Pyramids. I wonder if the little boy is still alive today, and if he remembers this moment. Fun detail: note the photographer’s shadow at the bottom of the image!

in the distance



Here, three men watch as the zeppelin draws closer. They seem to be transfixed by it.

three men watching



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