Toil & 2

Today’s photograph. I particularly like Twenties and Thirties artistically composed photographs featuring aircraft in a semi abstract composition, such as the Messerschmitt photograph on 9 April. Here we have an image entitled ‘Rest after toil.’, and the details and reflections make it almost into a person on a mountain summit image. The reality is the…

Turning 16

Well, let’s have another poster – there’s so many, after all! But this one’s somewhat different, unless you, the reader, know otherwise? Generally an illustrated aircraft sales pitch features the aircraft itself, rather than a demonstration of this kind of performance element. But creatively done, it makes the curl into a question mark that the…

Concorde Swirls

A record sleeve today, a first for the blog, probably not the last. Certainly not the first or the last featuring the unique shape of Concorde however. The record sleeve, image supplied by Dr Peter Hobbins, has a magnificent 1970 style aesthetic. The image features a test model of the Aérospatiale / BAC Concorde supersonic…

Through the Prop

Something different again, thanks to my friend and colleague Chad Matthew Hill of Django Studios. Books with see-through pages, or pages that overlay onto the next are usually regarded as kids’ stuff, but here we can see a very adult use in explaining the complex mechanism of the Hamilton Standard ‘Hydromatic’ feathering propeller*. Here’s a…

Print VC-Tenderness

A fine selection of British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) promotional material for today’s post. Shared by Shea Oakley on the Facebook BOAC Jet Junior Club (link) Shea’s personal collection displayed shows how well an airline could promote a competitive advantage with a premium type, here the Vickers VC 10 and Super VC 10 airliners –…

Doolittle Departed

Today’s Poster is in acknowledgement of the death of the the last of the airmen who flew with (then) Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy Doolittle on the ‘Doolittle Raid’ on Tokyo, Japan, in 1942. The poster, a very simple design featuring a photo of James Doolittle and a simple exhortative text is most interesting in what it…

Stop Worrying

Today’s Poster. In memory of artist and satirist Tomi Ungerer, who died yesterday, the 9 February 2019. The film ‘Dr Strangelove’ is way too complex to tackle here, but here is the poster, by Ungerer. Although it’s not his strongest work in my opinion, and highlights some of the less critical elements that made the…

Spitfire Racers – Pastiche

Today’s Poster. Almost believable, this poster is in fact a pastiche period design, in part intended to showcase Decade Type Foundry’s Reckless typeface. The process is explained in this tutorial here. It’s fascinating to see the effort gone to for ageing, or for an accurate period map of London – while on the other hand…

Big Kid Ride

Today’s art is very different. A fairground ride spotted at the Tivoli fair in Copenhagen, Denmark, which featured a range of neat biplanes. But not just any old biplanes… A great deal of effort had been taken to give them real schemes; here as Curtiss P-6 Hawk of the 17th Pursuit Squadron of the US…

Mustang – Brumby

The North American Aviation Mustang fighter was only built by one other nation outside the USA – Australia, where the local wild horses are called ‘brumbies’. The makers, Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation Pty Ltd (CAC) were rightly proud of the achievement, and showed, here a contemporary postwar advertisement based on a photograph. Ironically the photo is…