|Roy Alba of AlbaPaintings.com
|18" X 24" X 5/8", stretched canvas, oil, $200, free shipping in USA & Canada
This scene never took place but I thought it would be interesting from the time. The painting
is entitled "Slow Movers". What you see are the rigid air ship USS Los Angeles, along with blimps J-2 and ZMC-2
in October 1930 as they fly over a line of battle wagons with the USS Arizona in trail. The USS Los Angeles was a rigid
airship, designated ZR-3, which was built in 1923–1924 by the Zeppelin company in Friedrichshafen, Germany as war reparation.
It was delivered to the United States Navy in October 1924 and after being used mainly for experimental work, particularly
in the development of the American parasite fighter program, was decommissioned in 1932. USS Arizona was a Pennsylvania-class
battleship built for and by the United States Navy in the mid-1910s. Named in honor of the 48th state's recent admission
into the union, the ship was the second and last of the Pennsylvania class of "super-dreadnought" battleships.
Although commissioned in 1916, the ship remained stateside during World War I. Shortly after the end of the war, Arizona
was one of a number of American ships that briefly escorted President Woodrow Wilson to the Paris Peace Conference. The
ship was sent to Turkey in 1919 at the beginning of the Greco-Turkish War to represent American interests for several months.
Several years later, she was transferred to the Pacific Fleet and remained there for the rest of her career. The painting
is accompanied by the song Lazybones by Ted Lewis & His Band.
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