Strap in Boys

Today’s Poster. Sex can be used to save, and here getting the aircrew’s attention with a dame’s strap is obviously meant to make them think twice about taking their straps seriously too. In the modern era, it’s generally good that we take for granted the use of safety harnesses, in a way that wasn’t so…

Calling the Costs

A newspaper advert from September 1944, late in the war, as even then people realise Germany was probably going to be defeated, Italy had changed sides and Japan was very much on the defensive. The artwork isn’t particularly exceptional – pretty average in both senses as a newspaper piece in the era. The Avro Lancaster…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Four Engine Security

This classic poster from the 1930s celebrates the four engines on the Handley Page H.P.42 ‘Heracles’ airliner of Imperial Airways. Back then, engine reliability (from your family car to an aero engine: pre-space travel, the latter was one of the most advanced forms of technology) was nothing like the ‘turn key’ and never open the…