Very special one-of-a-kind 13 x 19-inch display that combines Ron Cole's original artwork with an authentic piece of duralumin alloy girder from LZ 129 Hindenburg, recovered from the scene at Lakehurst NAS on May 6th, 1937.
The wreckage of the Hindenburg was mostly melted for scrap. Over 150,000 pounds of frame metal went to the National Bronze and Aluminum Foundry Co. in Cleveland, Ohio, whose contract forbade the use of the metal for "ash trays, book ends or any similar articles." Thus, authentic material, especially metal, will forever remain extremely rare and difficult to find.
This piece of metal was recovered by Valentine Pasvolsky, who was the township engineer of nearby Lakewood, New Jersey. A Russian immigrant and veteran of both World Wars, he personally drove crash victims to the hospital, making several trips. His grandson, from whom these parts were acquired, remembers his grandfather retelling the story, and bringing these parts out of a box to show him. Valentine passed away in 1980. His grandson rediscovered the parts only in 2020, and provided a letter of provenance, as well as several newspaper articles about his grandfather, with this collection.
This relic was part of the joint that connected the triangular structural beams together, and retains most of its extremely rare blue-green protective paint.
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