posted on Jan, 9 2012 @ 07:12 AM
reply to post by MichiganSwampBuck
Many of the "mysterious airship" stories of the late 1890s and early 1900s were fabrications created by the intense competition between the growing
legions of newspapers in that period. False stories were common. That period of time is dubbed the time of "Yellow Journalism." (Not to say it
has entirely disappeared even to this day.) The famous American Samual Clements AKA Mark Twain started his story telling as a newspaper reporter.
Another factor was the widespread development of the telegraph that allowed news stories to be flashed across North American and the fad extended
elsewhere when boats carried the news across the oceans. Some podunk lttle newspaper would create a stir with a story of an local "airsip" that,
for example, had the "driving wheels" of a locomotive or the hull of a boat, sails, steam engine, etc. and that story would be swiftly refashioned
elsewhere into a local story of some sort.
I have researched the early airships at the University of Illinois collections of newspapers which is the largest and oldest in the nation. Even the
local paper there at Champaign-Urbana at the time carried an seemingly amazing story of a crashed UFO just outside of town where the farmer buried the
remains of the "Asian looking pilots." That particular story was by-lined by a "visiting" reporter from a chicago reporter, thus, removing the
local newspaper and its staff of being guilty of any wrong-doing.
In those days newspapers were hawked on street corners by young urchins and they needed a hook story and the publishers saw to it that they got it in
Don't assume this is an anti-early UFO response. I'm a believer, have had experiences and my father and his mother has some sort of
experience/sighting in about 1910. UFOs were here at that time and probably long before.