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This is a piece of a gas cell of the U.S.S. Shenandoah (ZR-1) which crashed on September 3, 1925, in Noble County, Ohio, with the loss of 14 crew members. The second photo below shows it on display at the Lighter Than Air Society in 2015. The third photo shows it along with two other items related to the Shenandoah offered for sale here. It measures 9 inches by 7 inches. The Shenandoah’s gas cells were made of a very fine cotton fabric with the density of 140 threads per inch to which several layers of Goldbeater’s skin were glued; Goldbeater’s skin is made from the outer membrane of oxen intestines. The fourth photo shows this very dense fabric magnified. The next photo is captioned “women at the Goodyear plant in Akron, Ohio use weights to stretch “BB” grade cotton before cementing on goldbeater’s skins – stomach linings of oxen.” The handwriting was added by the person who souvenired this from the wreckage. Taped to the back of the frame is the business card of Joan Reisig, on which is printed “JOAN REISIG, Archivist, Engineering, Goodyear Airship Support Group.” From the Joan Reisig Collection. Joan Reisig's obituary states that she “worked for engineering firms in Cleveland and the Akron area before working for Goodyear Aerospace as a design draftsman in advanced airships. Also, at the Wingfoot Lake Blimp Base for a total of 20 years. She was associated with the Lighter than Air Society” (Akron Beacon Journal, March 25, 2019). Later in her career she was the archivist for the Engineering Department of the Airship Support Group at Goodyear.

Goldbeater's Skin from the U.S.S. Shenandoah

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