Days Gone By - stories from the past

JUST HAD TO SHARE: Drones of 1937 were much larger and you could ride in them

Occasionally, I run across a vintage film or picture that is not about Alabama, but is just too good not to share. This is one.

I guess you could call this a drone from the past.  Here is an amazing view of Paris from above that I ran across and thought I’d share. Dirigibles were very popular in the 1930s until their decline was accelerated by a series of high-profile accidents, including the 1930 crash and burning of British R101 in France, the 1933 and 1935 storm-related crashes of the twin airborne aircraft carrier U.S. Navy helium-filled rigids, the USS Akronand USS Macon respectively, and the 1937 burning of the hydrogen-filled Hindenburg.

Ribbon of Love: A Novel of Colonial America (Tapestry of Love) (Volume 1) New 2nd edition – re-edited and revised in 2016


Ribbon of Love is a wonderful love story of Henry and Mary living and struggling to succeed as one of the first families in the colony of Virginia in the 1600s. In addition to the love story, the descriptions of the clothing, home furnishings, personalities, family life, church and community are most intriguing. The exhilarating action and subplots keep the reader in constant anticipation. It is almost impossible to put the book down until completion. Dr. Don P. Brandon,Retired Professor, Anderson University,   Anderson, Indiana

About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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  1. Jana Daniels Gerst

    Can’t read it because of pop-ups!

    1. Alabama Pioneers

      Try disabling popups on your computer. If you are still getting them, then you may have malware on your computer.

  2. Rick Bozeman

    Those blimp “drones” were stationed at Montgomery I know in the 1940’s during WWII at Gunter Field.

  3. Why would you call these manned airships drones?

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