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.

Around the Cockade

An airshow poster for today. It’s a lovely one, from the early Thirties in France, but of particular interest in the blog for the use of the original style cockade or badge symbolizing the aeronautical cockade or roundel. Originally these were used for identification of group in revolution and war in Europe in the previous…

Spit-Take

Tribute schemes on military aircraft are increasingly often seen, and overall popular when done well, as here. This one is particularly effective as the blue on the jet’s wings and horizontal tail match the sky, bringing the Spitfire’s famous plan view to life. It represents the Supermarine Spitfire of the late General Frantisek Perina, a…

Enhanced Kiwi

Something with a little extra, today. A bit of fun seen hung in the ceiling of a well known New Zealand restoration shop. The Kiwi RNZAF roundel (with two feet) came in during the 1960s, joining the RAAF’s kangaroo and the RCAF’s maple leaf in separating from the red dot of the British Commonwealth Roundel….

Spotty Roundels

Today’s Poster. I really like this one, partly because it features roundels as an active part of the design – roundels come up again and again in military aviation art. The text (and jokes) are a bit laboured, but the illustration works well even without the text.¬† Apparently the design’s by Victor Hicks (1893-1946) and…

Crash Pastoral

Today’s Poster has a remarkably placid feel, despite depicting the aftermath of a floatplane ditching. Entitled ‘Warning! Consider the possible consequences if you are careless in your work’, it is a 1917 painting by L.N. Britton, reproduced as a 104 x 72 cm poster and shows a pair of US Navy floatplanes, one of the…

Adler Victorious

Today’s Poster. And the 50th post of the blog! Going well, I think.   A particular favourite of mine, seen here in two versions. It’s a poster for ‘Deutsche Luftkriegsbeute – Ausftellung’ [DELKA] a travelling or repeating German air war booty¬† exhibition, no doubt intended to raise funds for the war effort. The eagle (the…

Attack Kiwi

Something widely known in military aviation is the concept of tagging other forces’ aircraft with stickers, markings, paint or ‘zaps’ without permission, either to score points or for broad military humour. Though often crudely applied, sometimes they can be very well done, as here. The Avro Vulcan was only ever operated by the British Royal…

Above that Country Life

Today’s Cover. The UK magazine ‘Country Life’ is still going, but I don’t think they do contemporary aviation topics, nor covers sponsored by sub contracting aircraft manufacturers as here. While today this looks a relatively pastoral scene, in 1917, with Britain at war just across the Channel it would’ve been a pretty confronting ‘war work’…

Around the Roundel

The French roundel, mainly seen on aircraft of the Armee de l’Air is here used to great effect as part of an aircraft display at the Musee de l’Air, et de l’espace, le Bourget, Paris. A combined image from several photographs taken by the author in the eighties. James Kightly, Vintage Aero Writer.