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.
Getting to a World's Fair is definitely one of the items on my bucket list. But until I can attend one in person, I guess the next best thing will have to be to look at some vintage World's Fair postcards. The selection I present here spans every officially sanctioned and recognized fair and exposition from the first half of the 20th century. Due to the outbreak of World War II, there were no fairs held between 1941 and 1957. The next part of this overview (to be published later) will pick up with Expo 58 and run through Expo '98. Exposition Universelle (Paris, 1900) (via) Pan-American Exposition (Buffalo, 1901) Louisiana Purchase Exposition (St. Louis, 1904) (via Brenda) Liège International (Belgium, 1905) (via alanp_photo) Milan International (1906) Irish International
I can't believe that after all these years I haven't ever gotten around to putting together a gallery of vintage St. Patrick's Day advertisements. Of course the fact that I'm not Irish may have something to do with that. But then again I'm not pagan and I've had a few Halloween galleries. Nevertheless, the time has come to cut the blarney and get on with it. So here's a lucky seven for St. Paddy's Day (sorry, no Guinness). Erin go Bragh! (For more Retrotisements, click here. To check out my gallery of holiday-themed ads, go here.) Kellogg's Rice Krispies (1941) Kenmor Music's "Clancy Lowered the Boom" (1950) Ten-B-Low Ice Cream (1950) Lucky Strike (1951) Hiram Walker's Cordials (1953) Kool-Aid (1961) Berkey (1970)
This week's selection is a small tribute to the late, great Gary Moore, who died yesterday at age 58. It's the cover art for Moore's first solo record, 1973's Grinding Stone (released under the moniker of The Gary Moore Band). OK so it's not the most subtle cover in the world, what with its phallus-centric art (courtesy Michael Farrel). I'm also pretty sure that if the rather excited young lass on the left were real, she would be dead within minutes due to severe compression of her internal organs. In addition to a productive solo career, Moore collaborated with a number of excellent artists. Most notably he played with fellow Irish rockers Thin Lizzy, with whom he released the excellent 1979 album Black Rose: A Rock Legend. If you listen to nothing else Moore worked on, list