Berlin, Germany: Deutsche Lufthansa, n.d. Loose Photographs. Circa late 1930's photographs. When first built in 1929/30, the G 38 was one of the largest aircraft in the world. Four 5" x 7" gelatin silver photographs of the massive Junkers G 38, all with Lufthansa's typed caption IDs and company rubber stamps verso. The 1st image shows the D-2500 [the 2nd G 38 to be built] during liftoff. This image was developed using mid-1930's Agfa Lupex Gaslight paper, with the "Agfa-Lupex" backprint ; the 2nd image is an interior shot, looking towards the forward view seating, while other passengers receive their food and wine service under a signed photo of Hindenburg on the wall above [the D-2500 was renamed after Hindenburg in 1933] ; the 3rd image shows the D-AZUR [the very first G 38 to be built, aka D-2000] preparing to taxi onto the runway at Tempelhof Airport in Berlin ; the 4th image shows the D-APIS [originally the D-2500] loading civilian passengers with the Nazi swastika clearly visible on the rudder and a "Lufthansa" sign hangs on the portable stairs. The D-APIS was destroyed by wartime RAF bombing in Athens while serving as a troop transport. Ref. Hooks, p.77-80. Images w. slight curl at vertical edges and minor soil and wear. Very Good. Item #4033
Much of Lufthansa's film and negatives were lost during WW II when "Soviet forces took Tempelhof in the Battle of Berlin on 28 and 29 April 1945 in the closing days of the war in Europe. Soviet forces combed through the old and the new terminal searching for treasures, hidden places and documents, opening all rooms. During their search, they blew up the fortified entrance to a three-level bomb shelter for celluloid films of the Hansa Luftbild GmbH, a Luft Hansa subsidiary specializing in aerial photography. The explosion immediately ignited the celluloid, turning the film shelter under the northern office wing of the new terminal into a furnace and making it impossible to enter for several weeks." wiki.
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