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…

Inside the Eagle

Inspired by a discussion on Twitter, here’s a selection of aircraft cutaway artwork, mainly from the British children’s magazine ‘Eagle’ most famous for the cartoon strip ‘Dan Dare’. [It was the era of the straight leading edge Avro Vulcan B1, and the carrier HMS Eagle.] Dare aside, the other highlight for most in the magazine…

ANA DC Flyer

A lovely piece of airline ephemera today. An Australian National Airways (ANA) Douglas DC-3 fold-out paper promotional item, offered by the Josef Lebovic Gallery here as part of a set. It consist of a perspective painting of a DC-3 airliner in blue, with a red overprint featuring the Royal Mail cipher and the ANA tail…

Junkers to the Beach

Today’s poster might seem familiar… This one is a mid-twenties poster, measuring 47×66 cm, made for Deutsche Luft Hansa AG, the forerunner of today’s German national flag carrier Lufthansa, and is by Hans Vogel who painted a number of other notable Luft Hansa posters, among other art. With the tagline ‘Fliegt in die Bäder’ (Fly…

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…

Peace in War

Today’s Poster illustrates  wartime advertising reminding the audience of the war-work of a civil organisation, and hinting at the post-war world to return to. From an unknown artist, it’s an American Airlines Poster stating ‘It Takes 2 To Make A Fight For Victory’. The confusing battle scene on the left is contrasted with the orderly,…

A Danish Window

Today’s Poster is a 1930s example from Det Danske Luftfartselskab (DDL, Danish Air Lines) DDL was merged in 1951 into the Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS). The passenger looking out of the window trope has been used a lot, but I think this is unusual in having an aircraft outline overlay. It’s also one of the…

Clipper Clobber

From the excellent San Francisco Airport Aviation Museum and Library comes this neat 2013 exhibition catalogue. It serves as an insight to how an assemblage of aviation ephemera and collectables can pull together a good story of a now vanished age, with echoes of some elements of today’s airline experience, but many more differences. The…

Fine Frobisher

Today’s Poster is one of a series of Imperial Airways posters of the late thirties featuring their notable fleet of aircraft types, presented in cutaway form, a previous example shown on the blog, the Shorts C.30 flying boat being seen here. This time its the remarkably elegant de Havilland DH 91 Albatross four engine airliner,…