Dirigible cocktail shaker with fitted accessories, c. 1930
H. 4 x W. 12 in.
During the 1930s, cars, trains, and airplanes became more streamlined in form, following a principle that a smooth, uninterrupted surface would be less resistant to wind or water and therefore more aerodynamic. The dirigible, which the Germans had first used in combat during World War I, became one of the more conspicuous examples of this new streamlining. This cocktail shaker mimics the dirigible's torpedo–like shape and reflects the popularity of such commercial airships as the 1928 Graf Zeppelin.