CAP & Helmet

Today’s Poster is for America’s Civil Air Patrol or ‘CAP‘. The artist, presumably the ‘Kenney’ from ‘Squadron 511-3’ has chosen the visual cliche of the leather helmeted and goggled aviator’s head, which became a cliche due to its utility as a stand in for ‘aviator’ as we’ve seen before. As the Wiki page linked above…

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…

Wing Way

Today’s Poster. Ronald Clayton Skate (Aust., 1913-1990). Wing Your Way With ANA c1950s. Colour process lithograph, signed in image upper right, 96 x 61.7cm. Stains, repaired tears, minor perforations. Linen-backed. Text continues “Australia’s most experienced airline.” Held in NLA. Australian National Airways (ANA) ran from 1936 to 1957 until its merger with Ansett. . Item…

Frights in Finland

Today’s posters from Finland are rather eerie civil defence ones from World War Two. In Suomi, it reads: “Ilmasta uhkaa vaara! Kaikki kansalaiset väestönsuojelutyöhön!” or “Danger Threatens from the sky! Take Air Raid Precautions”. The figure is obviously intended to seem protective, sheltering a blue clad family from the bomber aircraft that looks somewhat like…

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…

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…

Love Your Cobra

Today’s magazine cover. The focus is obviously on the young woman, but the story is her flying outfit and the aircraft behind – it’s Bell P-39 Airacobra time! Evidently a wartime American magazine featuring one of the Women’s Air Service Pilots (WASPs) ferrying military aircraft in World War Two. Love it. James Kightly, Vintage Aero…

Silk Wear – I

An illustration by Bruce Bomberger for a story by Laurence Critchell today, entitled “Three Days to Live” from the Saturday Evening Post of 1956. Bomberger took the attached text “Spilling the parachute onto the ground, he cut himself a silk headdress, like an arab’s”, and drew out the parachute to a highlight of the illustration,…

Changing Uniform Fashion

It is often forgotten that military formal uniforms are as much fashion and design driven as they are to provide uniformity to their wearers. One area where it is extremely obvious is in the development of women’s uniforms in the military air forces of World War Two. This is because of the newness of putting…

Fashion Plate Star

Today’s magazine cover. Found while looking for the Coca Cola advertisements of a couple of days ago, this provides quite a contrast to the dynamic ‘Rosie the Riveter’ posters discussed earlier. Lunch break aspirations? By ‘Valentine’ from Colliers magazine, August 1942. Found online here. James Kightly, Vintage Aero Writer.