Mustang – Brumby

The North American Aviation Mustang fighter was only built by one other nation outside the USA – Australia, where the local wild horses are called ‘brumbies’. The makers, Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation Pty Ltd (CAC) were rightly proud of the achievement, and showed, here a contemporary postwar advertisement based on a photograph. Ironically the photo is…

RAF Pastiche in the Century

Most pastiche period illustrations don’t capture the correct look and feel, either trying to hard or just not understanding the aesthetic. This set of cars, seen at Metro Hobbies in Melbourne, Victoria, do manage the flight of Spitfires pretty well, though the overall image uses modern fonts. The Spitfires could be a screenprint poster from…

Streamline Spitfire & Hurricane

Another from my main blog, Vintage Aero Writer. This one from 2011, looking back to the late thirties when the fastest things around were the RAF’s new fighters. Well, in the pictures, anyway! It’s notable that the (in reality) bulkier and less refined design Hurricane is made to look positively arrow-like by the artist’s use…

Potez Aero Service

Today’s poster. An elegant Potez 56 family member (probably a Potez 560) very similar looking from this angle to the Airspeed Envoy, both first flying in 1934, though the designs were in other aspects and angles, quite different. I like the dynamic aircraft painted look over a screen-printed static feeling skyscape, landscape and sea. And…

Multi-National Smiths

I don’t think I’ve seen a better illustration of the intent and concept of the 24 hour bomber campaign by the British, Commonwealth and Free European nations night campaign led by the Royal Air Force’s Bomber Command, and the increasingly effective day campaign of the United States Army Air Force against Nazi Germany, here from…

Fokker One

Motor magazine, April 1917. The Great War (1914 – 1918) saw an explosion of poster and pictorial artwork to help prosecute the war, by all of the combatant nations. It was the social media of the era. As well as government advertising, companies worked hard to bring their war brand to public notice, and among…

‘Swiped’ Biggles Repeat

Here’s a fascinating one. On the right, an Alfred Sindall illustration first published in the 1937 ‘Biggles Air Commodore’ by W.E. Johns. (The other Sindall illustrations are posted on the Biggles page here. He was the main illustrator for the Oxford University Press published Biggles stories of the late thirties and early forties.) On the…

Roundel Eyes on the Prize

One of the most famous UK advertising campaigns ever. One of a series of posters, this one features a typical British fighter, something akin to a Spitfire or Hurricane, but here notable in that the roundels have been neatly transformed into eyes, fixed on the advertising subject Guinness. Originally John Gilroy’s art featured a self-portrait…

Littering Information

A flight information brochure, from an era when most of the few who flew, only flew a few times. The format is interesting, as it’s an eyecatching way of presenting a list. In the era, littering was not acceptable, but of course the paper trail is only artistic licence anyway. Subject Ansett Airlines Douglas DC-3…

Short Sealand

Today’s poster. A favourite type of mine, but one of those 1950s style illustrations that are so much of their time. Here, a brochure cover (I think) and while the (unknown) artist’s handled the overall design more than competently, and it’s an attractive one, his perspective on the aircraft (cockpit and tail) is a bit…