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Roy Knabenshue's blimp dirigible on the grounds of the Hotel Raymond in Pasadena, ca.1903(?)
Date Created and/or Issued
circa 1903
Publication Information
University of Southern California. Libraries
Contributing Institution
California Historical Society
University of Southern California Digital Library
California Historical Society Collection, 1860-1960
Rights Information
Doheny Memorial Library, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0189
Public Domain. Release under the CC BY Attribution license-- both “University of Southern California. Libraries” and “California Historical Society” as the source. Digitally reproduced by the USC Digital Library; From the California Historical Society Collection at the University of Southern California
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Photograph of Roy Knabenshue's blimp dirigible on the grounds of the Hotel Raymond in Pasadena, ca.1903(?). A large crowd of men and women gather on the knoll around the large net-wrapped balloon. The building of the Hotel Raymond can be seen in the left distance. Knabenshue, a former resident of South Pasadena, is considered to be California's first intrepid dirigible navigator. He flew his airship from1902 until 1910. In order to ascend, Knabenshue would walk to the back of the wooden frame track. In order to descent it was necessary to run to the front. The balloon was steered by hand with a large white fin on the aircraft's rear, and propelled by a small gas engine mounted on the frame.
2 photographs : photonegative, photoprint, b&w
21 x 26 cm.
negatives (photographic)
photographic prints
USC-1-1-1-13006 [Legacy record ID]
Knabenshue, Roy
Los Angeles County--South Pasadena--General views
Transportation features
Time Period
circa 1903
Los Angeles
South Pasadena
buildings: Hotel Raymond
6429 [Accession number]
CHS-6429 [Call number]
California Historical Society [Contributing entity]
isla id: 1-37- [Identifying number]
California Historical Society Collection, 1860-1960
Title Insurance and Trust, and C.C. Pierce Photography Collection, 1860-1960

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