Gascogne, Air France

Here’s another inter-war airline timetable, this one of Air France, thanks to Phil Vabre, who mentions that these used to included  in Shell Aviation News in the 1930s. Again, it’s a notable piece of commercial art, with a lot of interesting detail. (The signature lower left seems to be ‘Vinci’.) On the unfortunate side, the…

Air France World 2

Today’s Poster follows yesterday’s. Designed by Lucien Boucher, it’s a 1949 poster advertising the ‘Orient – Extreme Orient’ destination with a orientalist design theme. A magnificent bird faces a Chinese style pagoda, with an Indian building behind it, all located over a map extending from India to China and the Oriental nations in between. Top…

It’s an Air France World

Today’s Poster. When an airline ‘owned’ the world. Today we are used to a diversity of airlines and cheaper carriers, so it’s easy to forget where each nation basically had one, national flag carrier. Here it’s Air France. As you’d expect, this brings not just their routes (almost an afterthought) but their world view, their…

Daily Orient Arrow

On today’s Poster we have a request to use airmail (poste aerienne – and remember our recent aeroplane postman?) aboard the orient arrow which flew to Athens and Ankara in one day from Paris. A lovely 1930s(?) French airmail poster, full of neat period details. James Kightly, Vintage Aero Writer. Image found on the internet.

Gentleman’s Concorde

Commemorating 50 years since the first flight of Concorde again (first on Vintage Aero Writer here) let’s take a look at a now iconic stamp design by David Gentleman, a remarkable artist in Britain, in any measure, and in many arts. Today the pre-decimal ‘1/6’ value in the corner looks like it belongs to a…

Return from France

Today’s Poster. Another great period airline poster from the inter-war period. I could just blog about those alone, but there’s some quite diverse stuff coming up, including a metal aeroplane and some fabric, and not aircraft covering, either. In this one, I love the looming Eiffel Tower crossing the channel to Croydon (which was then…

Potez Aero Service

Today’s poster. An elegant Potez 56 family member (probably a Potez 560) very similar looking from this angle to the Airspeed Envoy, both first flying in 1934, though the designs were in other aspects and angles, quite different. I like the dynamic aircraft painted look over a screen-printed static feeling skyscape, landscape and sea. And…

Tintin At Ninety

Today*, the immortal cartoon character Tintin is ninety years old, as it’s ninety years since he first appeared in print. A few years ago, a series of aircraft and cars, each accompanied by a character from the books was released. As well as a number that are iconic and crucial to the plots, a few…