A Rose by TAA Name

Today’s Poster is sometimes given as “…the most famous publicity ‘pic’ ever produced by TAA or any other airline in Australia”. This page on the ‘Fly the Friendly Way’ poster at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) and written by Curator Anne-Marie Van de Ven, in 2011 gives a good rundown on the…

WAAF in Hebrew

Here’s a remarkable item, a 9 x 21 cm recruitment brochure for the British Woman’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) of the Second World War in Hebrew, aimed at a Jewish audience. Found on e-Bay, and passed onto me by Kiran Toor, the sales details give the background: “The Yishuv [Jewish community in the land of…

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…

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…

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.

Coked-Up Aircrew

Coca-Cola’s ubiquity is taken for granted today, and that ubiquity stretched back well into the Twentieth Century. Widely known and drunk pre-World War Two across America, it was that war and the American service personnel who drank it worldwide that were the first major wave of the drink’s globalisation. I don’t have a date for…

‘Mozert’ to ‘Tokio’

Today’s image is a complete contrast to the racist violence of the secondary posters from yesterday, though the intent, from wartime America, is exactly the same. A classic calendar (see below) cheesecake artwork, this is unusual in being painted by ‘Zoë Mozert’, born as Alice Adelaide Moser, as shown here. Not a lot more to…

Doodle Amelia

One from a special day on Google, a special ‘Google Doodle’ artwork featuring noted aviatrix Amelia Earhart. Here’s she’s seen boarding her Lockheed Vega, preserved in the Smithsonian collection, which incorporates the Google letters as the ‘registration’ and in her scarf. James Kightly, Vintage Aero Writer. Image from Google, screengrab from file.

Soviet Airwomen’s Training

A Soviet poster at the end of Women’s History Month today. A slightly rough translation of this 1931 poster’s strapline would be “Proletarian women! Master aviation equipment, go to school and technical colleges for advancing civil aviation!” The Communist revolution needed to enable such skills and enhance the capability of the population, but here, as…