British Aviation Posters

British Aviation Posters : Art, Design and Flight

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From Futurism and Modernism to Art Deco and Surrealism, aviation was from its earliest days inextricably linked with revolutionary new ways of seeing the world. Focusing on the golden age of British civil aviation, British Aviation Posters shows how art and design were applied with great creativity and style to develop and promote aviation in the UK and beyond.

The story begins with the air shows and exhibitions of the early pioneers, through the start of regular passenger flights in the 1920s and the creation of Imperial Airways as the UK national carrier in 1924. By the 1930s passenger routes across the world were being developed and promoted with increasingly sophisticated visual publicity to persuade the British public to be more 'air minded' in a turbulent period of political and social upheaval. The New Elizabethan Age took UK aviation in new directions in the 1950s with BOAC and BEA ushering in the development of jet airliners and a growing consumer market that needed to be serviced by new forms of marketing and promotion.

Drawing on British Airways' premier poster collection and featuring the work of such distinguished designers as Theyre Lee-Elliott, Ben Nicholson, Edward McKnight Kauffer, F.H.K. Henrion, Gabby Schreiber, Robin Day, Abram Games, Hugh Casson and Frank Wootton, British Aviation Posters offers a definitive account of this seminal period in modern UK design history as Oliver Green and Scott Anthony show how posters, publicity and graphic design were used to express the speed, progress and sheer excitement of flight.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 200 pages
  • 220 x 260 x 25.4mm | 1,270.06g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New ed
  • Includes 151 colour and 30 b&w illustrations
  • 1848220847
  • 9781848220843
  • 602,000

Table of contents

Contents: Introduction: The Art of the Speedbird, Oliver Green and Scott Anthony; Taking to the Air: From Pioneers to Imperial, Oliver Green; Conflict and a Changing World, Oliver Green; Queen and Comet: Art and Aviation in the New Elizabethan Age, Scott Anthony; Epilogue; Notes; Timeline; Selected Further Reading; Acknowledgements; Image Credits; Index.
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'...fascinating text...Highly recommended.' Choice '...[a] lovely and interesting book...the story of an airline and, by extension, the country whose flag it flew... [British Aviation Posters] takes you to depths you could have hardly suspected from its title alone and offers many hours of fruitful discovery.' -Sabu Advani,, December 2012 '...the volume fills a gap in the universe of transportation advertising.' ARLIS
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About Scott Anthony

Scott Anthony writes for the Guardian, has taught at the universities of Oxford, Manchester and Warwick, and is a regular collaborator with the British Film Institute and the Science Museum. He is the author of Public Relations and the Making of Modern Britain (2012) and Night Mail (2007) and co-editor of The Projection of Britain: A History of the GPO Film Unit (2011).

Oliver Green is former Head Curator of the London Transport Museum, and is now a freelance historian, lecturer, author and museum consultant. He has written extensively on London's transport history and design. His publications include The Tube (2012), Discovering London Railway Stations (2010), London Transport Posters (2008) and Underground Art (1990/2001).
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