Dare to Rare

Today we dive right into the pulp. Sticking strictly to the ‘Dare-Devil Aces’ magazine of the inter to World War Two period, we still have more than enough awesome to play with. Starting with the Japanese ATTACK on New York, being defended by the US Navy (fair enough) but also a handsome assist by the…

Atlantic Air Ship or Flying Boat?

Today’s Poster is for three German inter-war companies promoting their Europe – South America service. With a Zeppelin type airship making a return trip, and a Dornier Do 18 flying boat on the way out, airmail post is offered in just three days. Deutsche Lufthanda, Symdicato Condor LTDA and Deutsche Zepplein Reederei are the three…

Acklam Air Display

Today’s 1933 poster is from the inter-war National Aviation Day Displays ‘Air Circus’ of Sir Alan Cobham, which ran from 1932-35. A simple, dynamic poster with space for a changing, local overprint across the bottom. The biplanes aren’t any real type, but the artist has got them ‘swooshing’ most satisfactorily. For many in the local…

Moth Alight

A 1933 cartoon from Punch by Leslie Illingworth. The text reads: ‘Man with a particular grievance. “Oh, it’s only you, is it? I thought it was one of those confounded motor-cycles kicking up a row again.”‘ I should, at this point say that if you don’t find this funny, it’s not your fault – earlier…

Beat Coach Class

Today’s Poster is from the 1930s, and from Deutsche Luft Hansa. James Kightly, Vintage Aero Writer. Poster from the Smithsonian collection here.

The Case of the Generic Airliner

Today, rather than the perennial posters, here’s a nice souvenir, via Twitter contact Rob Feeley, of a metal cigarette case with an embossed Blackpool tower on it. But what catches our interest is the airliner passing the tower on the right. Now, while Blackpool has had a significant history of pleasure flying aircraft around the…

Green-Blue Night

Today’s art is an oil painting that would pass perfectly well as a piece of fine art in a chiaroscuro style. Actually it’s a piece for a magazine published in 1924 by the one-eyed artist Stockton Mulford – a biography of him here. Despite the beautiful colour, it was printed in monochrome, as shown here….

Gordon Bennett – Balloons!

Today’s Poster is a visually startling one, for certain. And for something some might even have difficulty believing in – balloon racing. Designed by Bühler Fritz for the 1932 ‘Gordon Bennett Wettfliegen’, or Gordon Bennett Cup. As the Wikipedia page says: ‘Referred to as the “Blue Ribbon” of aeronautics, the first race started from Paris,…

See the Stampede!

Period art and design often features items that are regarded askance now. Today’s poster apparently suggests the use of an aircraft to stampede some of Africa’s more famous animals, with lions, elephants and giraffes running at speed from a swooping Fokker F.VII. I’m sure the real story was a lot less hooligan like. Entitled ‘Mittelholzer’s…

‘Aircraft Yet To Come’

Nothing dates faster than the future. The 1936 science fiction film ‘Things to Come’ featured several real aircraft in the present, and near future, and more, completely fictional aircraft as part of the narrative in the future, the last appearing  in ‘2036’. A great run down of the various aeroplanes with stills are here in…