Giant Zeppelin Balloons, Straight Outta Big D

by Paula Bosse

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by Paula Bosse

Bet you didn’t know that giant Zeppelin balloons were made in Dallas (or maybe Forney…). They were. The Ryan Rubber Company’s balloon factory opened in Forney in 1946, managed by Lester G. Norris with the help of his wife, Gladys. As you can see below, those are two balloon-loving people who really enjoyed their job.

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Source of Zeppelin ad unknown.

Photograph from The Dallas Morning News, Nov. 28, 1949. The article that accompanies the photo includes an interview with a very-happy-to-be-in-the-balloon-biz Lester G. Norris — you can read it in a PDF, here.

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Copyright © 2014 Paula Bosse. All Rights Reserved.

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