Welcome to the blog for Lighthouse Books, ABAA. My name is Michael Slicker. We are a family-owned and operated antiquarian bookstore that has been open 40 years, located in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. Please have a look around the blog. Bookmark us or subscribe to an RSS feed so that you will be alerted when we make updates. Please follow the links to our spot on AbeBooks and our online bookstore for listings of some of what we have available. Thank you for visiting us online. You can visit us in person at 1735 First Avenue N in downtown St. Petersburg. We specialize in rare books, unusual books, antique maps, vintage photographs and more.
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Lighthouse Books, ABAA 1735 First Avenue North Saint Petersburg, FL 33713 United States (727) 822-3278
Monday, July 8, 2013
Happy birthday, Ferdinand von Zeppelin
It is the birthday of German army officer and manufacturer Ferdinand von Zeppelin (1838) [inset], who is credited with building the first commercially viable airship. Zeppelin's vision was a considerable departure from the hot air balloons he rode as a young officer on a trip to the United States during the Civil War. Those balloons were used as observation posts for the Union Army. Many years later, Zeppelin constructed huge, rigid dirigibles that were used for transportation. Zeppelin died in 1917, before seeing the widespread success of his invention. Zeppelin's successor, Hugo Eckener, continued Zeppelin's work and oversaw the construction of the most successful dirigible ever built, Graf Zeppelin, named for Eckener's mentor. Eckener piloted the airship on the first dirigible flight around the world in 1929, an Arctic research trip in 1931, and to the Chicago World's Fair in 1933. Eckener wrote Count Zeppelin: The Man and His Work (1938).
Our specialties include Floridiana (Florida History, Florida Authors, Florida Related Ephemera), American History, Literature of the South, Military History (including, but not limited to, Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, Vietnam, Korean War), Children’s Literature, Maps, Leather Bindings and Rare & Unusual items.
We also have a wide variety of general stock, including a large Landscape/Gardening section, a great selection of Christian/Church History/Bible Study titles, Beat Literature, and much more. Please browse our extensive category list.
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