The SLV’s Dutchmen

Currently on at the State Library of Victoria (re-opening today) is the ‘Velvet, Iron, Ashes’ exhibition, which among several other great things contains an excellent selection of items relating to the 1934 MacRobertson air race. The display includes a newsreel highlights, and the promotional poster (seen above) as well as one of the many route…

Asking For It

Today’s Poster is a German Great War example entitled ‘Was England will’, or ‘What England wants.’ It’s a powerful poster, showing swarms of British bombers – giant Handley Pages – attacking German factories. The poster is by Egon Tschirch (1889-1948) made in 1918 in Berlin for Selmar Bayer. The background’s even more interesting. The text…

Your Sky, Lady

Today’s Poster is from ‘Le ciel est à vous’ (‘The sky is yours’) a 1943 made, 1944 release French film – a film, I therefore presume was made under the German occupation. It’s an interesting work, and the poster is neat both for the strong, simple and powerful graphic elements, and for having the woman…

School Bus

Today’s Poster is an advertisement for Farman’s pilot school. Farman were, of course, an aircraft manufacturer, but also an airline operator, and, as here a flying instruction organisation. This was a common pre- Great War combination, as well as straight afterwards, as here, and notably with Boeing in America operating an airline, but this was…

Pile of Pioneers

Today’s Poster, featuring the first flying competition at Berlin, Germany’s new airfield. Recognisable types include, top, a Wright Flyer, and below it, a Bleriot. Details from the Swann auction site here: “LUCIAN BERNHARD (1883-1972) KONKURRENZ – FLIEGEN / AVIATIKER. 1909.  45 1/4×34 1/2 inches, 115×87 1/2 cm. Hollerbaum & Schmidt, Berlin.   “For this event,…

Caravelle

Today we have an advertising theme featuring the unusual windows of the Sud Aviation SE 210 Caravelle medium range airliner. James Kightly, Vintage Aero Writer. Posters, found online, photograph from here.

Fly Down to Africa

Today a pair of posters that feature semi abstract African themes, and promoting the ‘Jet DC-8’ (when a jet was a notable differentiating advantage in airline advertising). Two different airlines though, UAT (Union Aéromaritime de Transport) and Air Afrique, which developed as an African owned and operated airline from UAT and other elements. Both posters…

Uniting Nations

Today’s Poster. We are all familiar today with the organisation the United Nations. What’s less well known is the name dates back to the stage of World War Two when the Axis powers had united many of the rest of the world against them. From Wiki: “On New Year’s Day 1942, the Allied “Big Four”…

Firebomb Fritz

A wartime British defensive propaganda character (mostly forgotten today) was ‘Firebomb Fritz’. Here in colour: …and here in black and white, both by Reginald Mount. (Original UK National Archives caption: “Fritz in Nazi bomber” by Reginald Mount, 1942 Catalogue ref: INF 3/1421. The cartoon depicts determined (but subservient) looking German air force men flying towards…

Look Mighty

Today’s Poster : ‘We Protect the Air Borders!’ James Kightly, Vintage Aero Writer. From Soviet Visuals on Twitter here.