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These old pull toys were made of steel, so they're still in pretty good shape. The paint's a bit scuffed up, but I'm sure a collector will love it.

-Expert

FactsEdit

  • Fact 1: This pull toy was built by the Steelcraft company in the late 1920s or early '30s, when real zeppelins were making transatlantic flights.
  • Fact 2: German Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin first developed his rigid airship in 1874, but it would be another 20 years before a working ship flew for the first time.
  • Fact 3: Zeppelins flew exclusively with the world's first commercial airline, Deutsche Luftschiffahrts-AG, until the outbreak of WWI, when they were used as bombers and scouts by the German military.
  • Fact 4: A zeppelin's "balloon" is a rigid aluminum frame holding as many as 20,000 smaller cells of hydrogen or helium gas, and can actually hold internal cargo and passengers.
  • Fact 5: The largest zeppelin ever built was the LZ 129 Hindenburg, which famously burst into flames and crashed while docking at Lakehurst, New Jersey on May 6, 1937, only a year after her maiden flight.

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