Bay Window

Today’s artwork is an evidently quick drawing from his sketchbook by Australian official war artist Eric Thake aboard a Consolidated Catalina, depicting a crewman on lookout in the portside gun blister. I was looking for other Thake artworks, but this one jumped out at me as an exceptional work as a sketch. In a National…

Flight Food

Aviation gets used in advertising in many – some surprising – ways. Food advertising can include logical connections, but in the earlier days of aviation, when it was new and exciting, aviation was sometimes used where no connection existed. The idea of selling oats through an aircraft link seems odd today, but was clearly an…

Peace in War

Today’s Poster illustrates  wartime advertising reminding the audience of the war-work of a civil organisation, and hinting at the post-war world to return to. From an unknown artist, it’s an American Airlines Poster stating ‘It Takes 2 To Make A Fight For Victory’. The confusing battle scene on the left is contrasted with the orderly,…

Fighting Fuel

Today’s Poster, an unusual topic for the blog so far, though a common war theme, featuring an exhortation to conserve fuel for the war effort. But here it’s the Nazi German war effort: ‘Spare Gas für die Rüstung’ : ‘Save Gas for Weapons’ by Willy Petzold (1885-1978). The composition is interesting, the domestic gas ring…

Wing’d Frame

Today’s illustration is a nicely designed foldout timetable. This is the Imperial Airways winter timetable for 1931-1932 and shows the iconic Handley Page HP-42 airliner as used on the then long range routes to Africa, India and the Middle East. The unnamed artist has pulled off a very neat, simple-seeming yet complex design, using the…

Ready, Aye, Ready

Today’s Poster. “The Men are ready … Only YOU can give them wings” Canada, 1940s, artist unknown. James Kightly, Vintage Aero Writer. Image from Antikbar, via Reddit, here.

A Danish Window

Today’s Poster is a 1930s example from Det Danske Luftfartselskab (DDL, Danish Air Lines) DDL was merged in 1951 into the Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS). The passenger looking out of the window trope has been used a lot, but I think this is unusual in having an aircraft outline overlay. It’s also one of the…

10me Salon

Today’s Poster. R de Valerie, I think is the artist, and advertising the 10me Salon de Aviation at the Grand Palais, Paris, France, in December 1926. Despite the soaring aircraft, it was a static, trade show. But what lovely colours. James Kightly, Vintage Aero Writer. Author’s collection.

Clipper Clobber

From the excellent San Francisco Airport Aviation Museum and Library comes this neat 2013 exhibition catalogue. It serves as an insight to how an assemblage of aviation ephemera and collectables can pull together a good story of a now vanished age, with echoes of some elements of today’s airline experience, but many more differences. The…

Airman! Bestride The World!

Following yesterday’s magazine advertisement, here we have the next ‘big sky, small world’ image, this time advertising how a career in the regular air force would allow you to bestride the world like a colossus. Generally the Aircraftsman Second Class was treated as the exact opposite, so a classic example of oversell, too! But there’s…