19th century sci-fi airships: could they fly?

Below we have several images of the 19th century sci-fi related airships.

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KD: Basically, I have only one question.
  • Could something like this fly under any conditions, while using some type of tech?
What if it could?

 
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    Fascinating that each of these concepts include those parasol shaped devices. At first I thought maybe they were acting as parachutes to impede descent so the propeller could keep it aloft, but I like the idea of them being antenna.

    what's curious though is that the colorized photo at the end makes them look solid, where as it's ambiguous in the b&w drawings if they are solid on top or it's just open cables making that cone shape.
    Perhaps they spun or pumped up and down.

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