French and German aviators of WWI, from the collection of Leonard A. Lauder in his wonderful book, The Postcard Age.
Prince Heinrich Albrecht Wilhelm von Hohenzollern, brother of the Kaiser, first flew in 1910, and between 1912 and 1914 organized flying competitions in Germany. This postcard by Ernst Riess (1884-1962) commemorates the second competition. It appears in The Postcard Age: Selections from the Leonard A. Lauder Collection (2012), with text by Lynda Klich and Benjamin Weiss, published by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
I continue to LOVE Golden Age Comic Book Stories, for its seemingly endless pageant of vintage graphics and illustrations. Today, the adventures of daring pilots from 1936 and ’37. Gotta love the story titles and Chinamen dropping from an airplane to go mano-a-mano with G-8.
“Certainly it is the Crazies in our lives who charm and seduce us. They live their lives free of the restraints, the fears and prudences, that limit our own actions. They gamble with death and scandal, and seem to thrive on the troubles and turmoil that we spend our lives avoiding. They seem, to the Sane, continuously careless; carelessness seems a necessary element in what they do, a seasoning to the sauce, an excitement.”
– From Flights of Passage: Reflections of a World War II Aviator (1988) by Samuel Hynes
Between 1930 and 1938, the British post office publicized its new Air Mail service with special blue pillar boxes. A leaflet advertising the new service (shown above) was illustrated by Theyre Lee-Elliott. The pillar boxes were complemented by a blue fleet of Air Mail automobiles, specially modified Morris Minors. You’ve got to love the fin on the back.
Both the car and pillar box achieved a measure of immortality when cast as Dinky Toys.