A Look Inside the Catalogue
This sale continues our autumn tradition of offering the finest travel posters available. The selection reflects the excitement and globalization of the early to mid-twentieth century, with posters featuring popular new types of transportation to nearly every continent.
Left, Lot 150: Paul George Lawler, Fly to the South Sea Isles / Via Pan American, circa 1938. Sold for $20,000.
Right, Lot 143: Charles C. Dickson, Imperial Airways / The "Silver Wing" De Luxe, circa 1927. Sold for $11,875.
Airline posters abound. A scarce poster for Pan American shows Imperial Airways' "Silver Wing" service, accredited as the first luxury air service when it launched in 1927. An early celestial poster for Air France is also available. Air France began using planispheres in their posters as early as 1933; this example is luxuriously printed, making sophisticated use of metallic inks and rich, deep colors.
Lot 152: Lucien Boucher, Air France / De hour et de nuit, 1938. Sold for $2,500.
Also offered was one of two posters Emil Cardinaux designed for the famous Swiss resort, Palace Hotel, depicting lounging winter guests. Cardinaux explores the tableau in his simple, bold style.
Left, Lot 91: Emil Cardinaux, Palace Hotel / St. Moritz, 1920. Sold for $11,875.
Right, Lot 197: Hanson Puthuff, The Chief to California / Cajon Pass, circa 1936. Sold for $5,750.
California was represented by a run of posters showing early twentieth-century scenes. Using quaint coastal and mountainous scenes, and myriad modes of transportation, the posters were intended to lure travelers to the Golden State. California / Wells Fargo Since 1852 by Adolph Triedler, 1917, emphasizes the Missionary origins of San Francisco.
The Chief to California / Cajon Pass shows “The Chief” speeding through the pass between the San Bernadino and San Gabriel mountains on one of its daily trips in 1936. If a train was too slow for you, United Air Lines / Southern California could get you there faster, circa 1952.
Right, Lot 201: Joseph Feher, Yosemite / United Air Lines. Sold for $6,250.
Among additional international highlights: A.R. Acott’s Visit India, designed for the Great Indian Peninsula Railway, which lures travelers with the promise of exotic sightseeing. Acott designed a number of different posters for various Indian Railway companies, and based this scene on a photo taken at the Delhi Durbar of 1902. By omitting identifiable diplomats in favor of native Indians, he timelessly exemplifies the pageantry and exoticism that was so alluring to British travelers.
Left, Lot 60: A.R. Acott, Visit India, circa 1920s.
Sold for $5,250.
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