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Fire & Ice: Hindenburg and Titanic exhibit
Fire & Ice: Hindenburg and Titanic exhibit
Image courtesy of Smithsonian National Postal Museum. Photo by Eric Long, National Air and Space Museum
Fire & Ice: Hindenburg and Titanic rarities gallery
Fire & Ice: Hindenburg and Titanic rarities gallery
Image courtesy of Smithsonian National Postal Museum. Photo by Eric Long, National Air and Space Museum

Fire & Ice: Hindenburg and Titanic, an innovative exhibit brings together two marvels of transportation. Both Titanic and Hindenburg served demands for rapid worldwide communication and transportation. Both operated as the world’s largest mobile post offices. Each in its day promised the fastest possible worldwide mail service. Each offered onboard gentility and opulence. Each met a tragic end.

Robert Frost mused in his immortal poem Fire and Ice, “Some say the world will end in fire, some say in ice . . . .” After enjoying the magnificence offered by the legendary ships and opportunities to post correspondence at various exotic sites, thousands of unprepared travelers met their tragic ends, as Frost said, in either fire or ice. The exhibit celebrates the splendors of both vessels and commemorates their calamities. In 2012, it is one hundred years since the Titanic sank and seventy-five years since Hindenburg crashed.

In a disaster, what posession would you save? Share on Twitter @postalmuseum #fireiceexhibit




In a disaster, what posession would you save? Share on Twitter: @postalmuseum #fireiceexhibit.

The Fire & Ice: Hindenburg and Titanic web story and onsite exhibition do not include identical objects and images.


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