How the NY Times Covered The Hindenburg Disaster

"Airship Like a Giant Torch"

Screen Shot 2015-05-06 at 9.54.56 AMSeventy-eight years ago today, the Hindenburg crashed as it attempted to dock at Naval Air Station Lakehurst. A total of 36 people died that day (35 of the 97 passengers and crewmen, and one worker on the ground).

The New York Times covered the news with a striking photograph and equally unnerving headlines. Aside from the large main headline, there was “Ship Falls Ablaze,” “Victims Burn to Death” and “Airship Like a Giant Torch on Darkening Jersey Field.”