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Airship Invasion! Mystery Sightings from the 1890s

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Starting in November 1896, California residents starting seeing mysterious cigar shaped craft with bright lights passing over their cities. The airship sightings continued across the US and Canada, and a media frenzy began. Was it evidence of new technology appearing years ahead of its time, or was it a media hoax generated by yellow journalism to increase sales? Or maybe visitors from outer space?

Learn more about the mysterious Victorian airship sightings:

The airship wave of 1896-1897 Wikipedia article

“Mystery Airship” Sightings, 1896 – 1897
by Think Anomalous

Related newspaper clippings from the time

The Great Airship of 1897
by J. Allan Danelek

by Jerome Clark