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Air France poster from the period

Air France designed by Albert Solon

One of many posters designed for Air France in the thirties by the popular Albert Solon (1897 - 1973) - image sourced from artnet

A Hungarian advertisement for medication showing the three main forms of travel

A Hungarian curiosity (no provenance other than Pinterest) - 'Trains and Boats and Planes' - no the clue is in the syringe mid-way on the left - this is an advert for 'Daedalon tablets' (still in existence today) although the airbound vessel is straight out of the film 'Things to Come'

Truly appalling Intourist poster commissioned by Stalin - image courtesy of Christies Auctioneers via the Daily Mail

Gronowski Air Travel Poster 1934

International Tourism Challenge Hot Air Balloon versus Bi-Plane? - poster by Tadeusz Lucjan Gronowski (1894 - 1990) the 'father' of Polish Graphic Design - image courtesy and sourced from - auctioneers

Max Ponty designed travel poster for Air France

Here's a fabulous 1949 (but with all the trappings of the Art Deco style) poster by Max Ponty (signed bottom right) extolling the virtues of sending your parcels via Air France. I just adore the 'sea horses' pulling the chariot - seriously iconic!

Hughes Space Travel

I know this one isn't strictly speaking 'air' travel but it's close enough for me!

Air Clipper advertisemnt to Hawaii

July, 1937 - Paris International Exhibition

Advert to fly across the channel to the Paris Exposition

From 'The Sphere' dated 17th July 1937 an invitation to fly across the channel in 55 minutes landing at Deauville and possibly travelling on to Paris to visit the great Exposition

5th March, 1936 - Spitfire Maiden Flight

The Spitfire - the iconic fighter plane of the Battle of Britain - takes to the skies

1936 inaugural flight of the Spitfire

A Spitfire Mk1 fighter made by Messrs. Vickers, on show to the public for the first time over Eastleigh Aerodrome, Southampton - image courtesy of

The high-speed fighter plane that was to capture the public's imagination - and put fear into the hearts of German pilots - made its maiden flight at a Hampshire airfield.

'The Supermarine Spitfire - the British fighter aircraft that became the iconic plane of the Battle of Britain - made its first flight on this day in 1936. On the night of March 5, Captain Joseph 'Mutt' Summers - chief test pilot at Supermarine's parent company Vickers-Armstrongs - took off in the Type 300 K5054 prototype from Eastleigh airfield in Hampshire. At the end of the eight-minute flight, Summers climbed out of the cockpit and said to the small group of observers "I don't want anything touched", indicating that nothing required correcting before his next test flight.'

1933 - Boeing 247 - First Modern Commercial Aircraft

From the Daily Mail 'On this Day (Day 247 of 2015)' - 4th September, 2015 - " In 1933, the Boeing 247 - considered the first modern commercial aircraft - went into service. It took 20 hours, with seven stops, to fly from New York to Los Angeles. That flight takes just six hours today."

Boeing 247 1933

The Boeing Model 247 is considered the first modern airliner. It was an all metal, twin-engine, retractable gear, streamlined airliner that could hold ten passengers in air conditioned comfort.

Source : The Aviation History On-Line Museum - The year 1933 was extremely important in the history of air transport, for it was then that the two original ancestors of the modern airliner appeared. One was the Boeing Model 247 which made its inaugural flight on February 8, 1933, and the other was the Douglas DC-1, which flew later in the year in July.

Boeing 247 flying over Chicago

Flying over Chicago

Boarding the Boeing 247


Disembarking Boeing 247


Shoreham Airport

Still operational and functioning and a firm favourite for period filming!

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