Unsteady KLM

Today’s Poster is a strange, muddled and badly dated effort from KLM. Not all period advertising has a long term appeal, and the casual sexism of the poster hasn’t aged well. Moreover it’s not even very clear what they’re trying to advertise? Fly with us because our stewardesses might be harder working? It’s perhaps of…

Be Paid to gaze skywards!

A newspaper advert for the Royal New Zealand Air Force, using the aviation cliche of ‘gazing skywards’. James Kightly, Vintage Aero Writer. Via Dave Homewood.

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! 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…

Min Scout

Today’s we have a brochure cover that would’ve seemed modern, contemporary when new, but is clearly a product of its time too, with the fonts – the late seventies. It reflects the start of a revolution in aviation, the ultralight.   Over to Fiona Shanahan who suggested the story: “Then it was known as a…

Benz Power

It’s been a while since we’ve had a pioneer era item, and today’s poster is specifically advertising Benz engines for the pioneer aviator, 59 x 46 cm in size. The array of aircraft configurations encircling the giant motor, looking like an architectural memorial, seem to cover all (heavier than air) options – clearly for all…

Far Faireys

Today’s Poster. Two copies of a Geoffrey Watson painting for the Shell fuel company. First image, the main Shell poster seems to only be in one online shop site the Omnibus Gallery, not included in any of the Shell anthologies I have. Second from the W E Johns and Biggles website here. James Kightly, Vintage…

Bordfunker I

Today’s poster will be a companion to tomorrow’s. This one is a very unusual recruitment example for the German World War Two Luftwaffe, being for radio operators (Bordfunker). Almost all military aircrew recruitment was for pilots, those not successful in that training being redirected into the other required roles (or recruited from ground crew). Here…

Israeli Rainbows

Today’s Poster. “Rainboeing the Skies” (1971) by graphic designer Dan Reisinger introducing the then-new Boeing 747 to El Al Israeli Airlines. Here, in the 1970s, the rainbow design has a different subtext (as well as a frankly cheesy ‘RainBOEING’ pun) to that it would have in a 2019 context, yet as a design it’s clean…

Return of the Imperial

Here’s a pair and a quintet, with a lesson for those doing this job – check every copy found, in books and online. Several of the well known, even famous posters we’ve seen here exist in variant forms – sometimes with different text, sometimes with different backgrounds – or more, as we shall see. It’s…

Don’t Eat a Bomb

Today’s Poster pair are foodstuffs as bombs. On the face of it, a strange juxtaposition, but these two takes feature opposite views, but both are about thrift. Avoiding waste, and recycling into munitions. The bayonet as a breadknife is a particular touch. Translated, reads ‘Expensive Bread – The Politics of War’, by the the Communist…