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Arnstein, Designer of ‘comet,’ Won Fame Building Zeppelins

Dr. Karl Arnstein of the Good-year-Zeppelin Corporation, Akron, Ohio, is the designer of “The Comet,” new lightweight streamlined train of the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad which has just had its first trial run between New Haven and Boston.

Dr. Arnstein is known primarily as a builder of dirigible airships. He has built more than sixty Zeppelins, including the most famous German and American lighter-than-air airships. A Jew, he was born in Uotich, a village near Praha, Czechslovakia. At the age of 21, he became assistant to the famous Prof. Melan of the German Technicum at Praha. Considered for a lectureship at the Technicum, he was denied it because of Jewish origin.

In 1910, after many engineers had declined the assignment, Arnstein supervised the restoration work of the dome of Strasbourg which was threatening to collapse. Later he built the famous bridge in Charlehausen, Switzerland. In 1914 he joined the staff of the Zeppelin works in Friedrichshafen. For a number of years now, he has been in Akron at the Good-year plant.

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