Negative KLM Shadow

Today’s poster features a generic thirties airliner promoting the airline KLM by notable poster designer Munetsugu Satomi, dated 1933. This version shows the main routes around the border, a design Satomi used in other posters and seen elsewhere in the period. (It also relies on the poster being displayed complete, of course.)

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Details and some of the other fascinating posters here, the Official Site of Munetsugu Satomi (里見宗次) run by grandson Pierre Satomi, who kindly agreed to sharing the main image, with a credit, above. Another interesting variation on the design below.

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This 1934 version shows a single route, and more of a ‘speed shadow’ to the aircraft’s white surround, and the map design, centred on the English Channel, fits the route between Amsterdam and Paris. Here, that’s given as a two hour twenty minute flight in the delightfully minimal text.

While the aircraft aren’t accurate, KLM was heavily invested in the Douglas DC-2 in 1934, a technology leap in the era.

James Kightly, Vintage Aero Writer.

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