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Posted by3 months ago

wife's great uncle had this photo. He was born in raised in Quincy but served in the Winter War and WWII. Any guesses as to the story behind it? We have no info about who or where this is.

r/boston - wife's great uncle had this photo. He was born in raised in Quincy but served in the Winter War and WWII. Any guesses as to the story behind it? We have no info about who or where this is.
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· 3 mo. ago
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Yes, a very cool photo!

I remember seeing pictures of the Hindenburg over Boston, and Quincy would certainly be along its fateful trip to Lakehurst.

Hard to make out in OP's photo, but the position and shape of the insignia on the empennage seem to match, as does the general scale of the airship.

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· 3 mo. ago
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Wait - does that mean it is that THE Hindenburg in OP’s photo (with a swastika on the tailfins?)

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There was a Naval Air Base in S Weymouth which housed blimps. There was a gigantic hanger which could hold one. This pic could have been taken from their back yard

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· 3 mo. ago · edited 3 mo. ago

That's not a blimp, it's a Zeppelin and it's the Hindenburg ( enlarge the pic and you can see the nazi flag on the tail fins).

ETA: pic

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Op · 3 mo. ago

I had no idea they had blimp hangars on the air base. That's actually a good lead. The great uncle was also a pilot so definitely in his wheelhouse.

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The hanger is still there. It's used as a studio for film sets now.

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Not a blimp. It’s a zeppelin. Picture is from 1937 and NAS South Weymouth wasn’t built until 1942.

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· 3 mo. ago
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I have a question about this... Was it common to own a camera back then? Like, for the average Joe?

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Op · 3 mo. ago

I asked the same thing yesterday when an aunt was showing them to us. I guess it wasn't very common but the great uncle was a pilot who took photographers up for aerial photos so he was kind of in the industry. I got some other shots he had stashed away of the Common, the waterfront and the Bourne Bridge, I think. If I have a minute today I'll post them, too.

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Kodak, a film manufacturer of significant size (if you don't know), made a whole line of inexpensive cameras to sell more film. They were widely available https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kodak_Brownie

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· 3 mo. ago · edited 3 mo. ago

I rememer my dad when I was a kid telling me the Hindenburg flew over Boston on it’s way to New Jersey on it’s final journey, he said he watch it fly over as a young kid. Never really thought about it til now after seeing this picture. First South Weymouth NAS wasn’t built until 1941 and Squantum NAS was built but in disuse in 1937 when the Hindenburg flew over Boston. So, neither base was around in 1937.

However, after some research this is what you are looking at, it’s clearly the Hindenburg. The markings on the tail are without a doubt a Swastika.

https://www.jessicaakent.com/blog/throwback-boston-thursday-over-boston


The Zep made its historic passing over Boston enroute to Lakehurst, New Jersey on May 6, 1937. This was the first and only time the Swastika was permitted to be flown over the United States. Note that the time on the Custom House Tower is 11:40 A.M. At 7:30 P.M. that same evening, the Zep blew up on making its landing approach at Lakehurst, New Jersey.The photograph is amazing in and of itself, but let’s find out more.

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I doubt the bit in bold. Looks like there were 10 trips to the US in 1936, including a 10.5 hour trip around New England to/from Lakehurst (which could also be when OP's photo was taken).

Interesting history though.

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there was also Naval Air base in Squantum behind where the Dunkin Donuts is on Quincy Shore Drive. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naval_Air_Station_Squantum

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· 2 mo. ago
🇺🇦I'm a russian-american I stand w/ Ukraine against Russia🇺🇦

(Unrelated to Zeppelins and blimps) I'm just very intrigued by the "served in the Winter War" - as in, on the Finnish side, as a volunteer?

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Op · 2 mo. ago

Yep. There were big Swedish and Finnish populations in Quincy back then. Many moved out to western Mass(like the Quabbin area), and even further to the western great lakes regions like Minnesota and Michigan, and Wisconsin. But I guess there was a pretty strong sentiment in Quincy back then and several men volunteered to fight. I think my wife's grandfather(his brother) was too young, though. I don't know if he was already a pilot then or not so I don't know in what capacity he served but there is a picture of him with a rifle ready to head out onto the tundra.

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