Australia – the Paris End

Today’s Poster. When you are advertising Australia to New Zealanders (this is Tasman Empire Airlines Ltd.) why not advertise Australia’s ‘European’ streets? While areas of Melbourne*, Sydney and some other cities have a strong cafe culture today, I’d say the scene depicted above would be a big bit of a stretch back in the fifties….

Early Fokker to the NEI

This poster is a bit unusual. Dutch airline posters featuring Fokker airliners aren’t rare, but there’s a few unusual things about this one. Created by Adriaan Joh van’t Hoff, in 1933, it is an expected Fokker trimotor, but not the ever popular F.VII, but either a Fokker F.XVIII or possibly a F.XII – very similar…

Spit-Take

Tribute schemes on military aircraft are increasingly often seen, and overall popular when done well, as here. This one is particularly effective as the blue on the jet’s wings and horizontal tail match the sky, bringing the Spitfire’s famous plan view to life. It represents the Supermarine Spitfire of the late General Frantisek Perina, a…

Choc Aero Altair

Today we have a chocolate box. Confectionery featuring aircraft isn’t that unusual, but this is featuring (I think) a contemporary speedster, the Lockheed Altair, which, as well as not being a generic ‘aeroplane’ is quite well depicted and even with just two colour printing. Confectionery aircraft. Something a bit different, another area which could be…

Enhanced Kiwi

Something with a little extra, today. A bit of fun seen hung in the ceiling of a well known New Zealand restoration shop. The Kiwi RNZAF roundel (with two feet) came in during the 1960s, joining the RAAF’s kangaroo and the RCAF’s maple leaf in separating from the red dot of the British Commonwealth Roundel….

Modern ‘Colour’

Here’s a few pages from a book from 1931*, when roundels were RED white and blue, thanks to the hand tinting colour process used. We take full colour printing for granted these days, but it wasn’t that long ago it was a big deal to have any colour at all – this book has only…

Mercury – Bell

Today’s Poster art. The handsome Mercury V8 Town-Sedan of ’42 seen in 1941, providing a moment of envy for the Bell P-39 Airacobra pilots, just before the USA’s entry into World War Two. The P-39 was a popular aircraft type for propaganda, though less capable in reality when tested in combat. Anoner ‘car & aeroplane’…

Outstanding Field Fort

Something a bit different today – a 350 metre wide Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress silhouette  into a British field. Unfortunately the image is currently making the online rounds, but with the credit and with details removed and attributed to ‘two’ unnamed ‘farmers’. The correct details date to 2015, and are the work of two artists…

Sleek Caudron & Renault

When forced to support an aircraft maker, your car manufacturer has every justification in advertising their car in association – including using the pilot of both, here Raymond Delmotte. The Caudron C.461 is seen here with the Renault cabriolet, and both shows the fashions of extreme streamlining are as much fashion as they are pure…

‘Mozert’ to ‘Tokio’

Today’s image is a complete contrast to the racist violence of the secondary posters from yesterday, though the intent, from wartime America, is exactly the same. A classic calendar (see below) cheesecake artwork, this is unusual in being painted by ‘Zoë Mozert’, born as Alice Adelaide Moser, as shown here. Not a lot more to…