Skull Cloud

Today’s Poster is an advertisement for a propeller manufacturer, but clearly there’s an unusual thing for a commercial poster going on here!

GarudaofBerlin

It’s for Garuda Propeller GMBH, ‘Der Ueberwinder’, which seems to translate as the overcomer’. From here, Bob Gardner says:

“Garuda Propellerbau GmbH – 42-43 Naumburgerstrasse, Neukölln, Berlin. The company was probably formed in 1910. … Garuda is the name of the large mythical bird or bird-like creature that appears in both Hindu and Buddhist mythology. Perhaps this is what Ralph Kornmann had in mind when he patented a prop design on 18 July 1911 that became one of the most advanced props of its time. The company became a Limited Company on 13 December 1911 with Ralph Kornmann as the managing director.”

The skulls? Just seems to be a mystery…

James Kightly, Vintage Aero Writer.

Image found online, on version here.

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