The golden age of the passenger airship came to an abrupt halt on May 6, 1937 when the Hindenburg scorched the night sky over Lakehurst, New Jersey. The public understandably lost faith in the zeppelin as a secure mode of transport.
But for the first three decades of the 20th century, an extraordinary variety of lighter-than-air craft shared the airways with early airplanes and gliders. These photographs and postcards illustrate the history of these curious aerostatic vehicles, both before and after the Hindenburg. Although there's no definite information about the owner of the postcards, it may have been Arthur Frederick Daubeney Olav Eveleigh-de-Moleyns, better known to the public as Lord Ventry.