In Airline Memories, I share aviation items and curiosities from the long history of commercial flight. You’ll see everything from ephemera to souvenirs and other branded items from various U.S. airlines. If you have a request or anything else to share, leave a comment or contact me directly. Not a day goes by that people don't mourn the loss of the great TWA in some fashion. Next to Pan Am, TWA may be one of the most iconic airline brands no longer with us. But not today! For thanks to the Gray Flannel Suit time machine, we can hop back to 1970 and check out this fantastic souvenir and accessories Flight Shop catalog. In it we can dream of ordering fantastic TWA-branded merchandise like model airplanes, umbrellas, golf balls, luggage tags, and even cutlery. Enjoy!
In Airline Memories, I share aviation items and curiosities from the long history of commercial flight. You’ll see everything from ephemera to souvenirs and other branded items from various U.S. airlines. If you have a request or anything else to share, leave a comment or contact me directly. Not only is today St. Patrick's Day, but we are just weeks away from the 80th anniversary of the founding of one of the world's most iconic national airlines -- Aer Lingus. So to celebrate both occasions, here is a collection of some cool, vintage Aer Lingus items I've come across. As always, click on any item for a larger version.
Anyone who's flown on an airplane in the last several years knows just how dry and serious the pre-flight safety overview is. But at one time, and at least on one airline, safety wasn't just sensible, it was fun! For proof I offer this circa 1950s safety brochure from Pacific Northern Airlines, entitled "For Your Safety in 'Ditching,'" which provided a serious but not somber look at what to do if your flight crew has to attempt a water landing. But really it's all about those fantastic mid-century illustrations. I ask you -- has having to evacuate an airplane in the middle of the ocean ever looked like so much fun?! Pacific Northern, incidentally, was acquired by Western Airlines in 1967.
I don't really pay much attention to billboard advertisements while I'm driving, unless it's something fairly snappy or unique. And as much as I'd like to romanticize old billboard ads, I think the medium as a whole has been fairly bereft of great ideas. And if you think about it, it makes sense. You're only going to see a billboard ad clearly for what, four or five seconds? So it's all about economy of ideas and design. Anything too complicated and you either lose a driver's interest or cause a 20-car pileup. Neither is good for business. I'm not holding this group of classic billboard ads up as the best ever, but I think you'll enjoy them nonetheless. These are all courtesy the Duke University Libraries Digital Collections advertising series. I can't decide which part of...