1920 Rotogravure WWI German Shell Fire Observation Dirigible Balloon WAR1


This is an original 1920 World War I sepia rotogravure of a parachuter escaping from an observation dirigible balloon after it was struck and set afire by German enemy shell fire. The second image shows Secretary of War Newton Baker with Chief of Staff Major General J. W. McAndrew at Fort de Marre, near Verdun.


This 91+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine. Light foxing and aging. No natural defects. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage. Please note that there is printing on the reverse.

  • Product Type: Original Rotogravure; Sepia
  • Grade: Near Mint / Very Fine
  • Dimensions: Approximately 10.5 x 8.5 inches; 27 x 22 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

Keywords specific to this image: Wartime, Warfare, Explosions, Explosives, Military Leaders, War Department, War Industry, Parachuting, Paratrooper