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"FIRST FLIGHT of the CHINA CLIPPER" PAN AM flight Honolulu, Hawaii circa 1936
IMAGE SIZE APX. 12X18 +/- FITS NICELY IN A STANDARD 16X20 MATTED FRAME.
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(See first image, if you like this, you will love the many other images for a companion Retro Vintage travel airplane and travel art from the 30s and 40s that we offer. Also check out our DC-3, the Connie or Constellation, the Pan Am Boeing 314 Clipper and the Avalon Catalina Flying Boat and the great China Clipper, 130 Martin flying boat.)
VERY RARE ART:
Many do not know that the vast production of illustration , advertising, pulp and pinup art was not viewed as "real art" and not appreciated as such. When the advertising, book and magazine companies were done with the art, it was casually thrown away in dumpsters.
I have interviewed personally those that were there, and just at two of these many, throw away events. In just two events, from just two of scores of companies, one in 1957 and the other in 1960, apx 20,000 pieces of art, spanning about 60 years, by great and highly skilled artists were simply thrown away.
In those dumpsters was Normal Rockwell, Gil Elvgren, Earl Moran, Mabel Rollins Harris, Henry Clive, Zoe Mozert, MacPherson, Pearl Frush, Al Leslie, Henry Hintermeister, Roy Best, Art Frahm, Billy Devorss, Runci, Munson, Thompson, Ward, and that is just to name a few of the many lost artist's work from wide ranging genre' of religious, nature, nudes, Pulp Fiction, pin-ups, Calendar, and advertising. So anything that survives, even if preserved or recreated thoughtfully is indeed precious.
VANGUARD'S FINE ART PRINT PORTFOLIO:
As much of the original paintings for vintage illustrations were lost, we at Vanguard Gallery have worked hard, and invested dearly for 20 years to find and preserve or recreate the very best, find the interesting, the historic, the rare and often important works; representing the popular culture, interests of the times. As popular art is a real window of society. This was snap shot on the aspirations, dreams and fantasies of the American people in historically unstable and increasingly violent 20th Century. I time when, family life, love, faith, hope and romance was the glue that held us together, a staple of life, not merely dismissed as "cute nostalgia".
Our more than 20 year journey and mission is more than just to present you with ascetic image, but windows of appreciations of the recent past, our history, and again window to your parents and grand parents life.
THE CHINA CLIPPER: in 1936 Pan Am made it's first historic fights to Honolulu. This image was created to celebrate this first flight, of a 130 Martin Flying boat. This was the first leg of the journey to China.
This image has Hula Girls, Surfers and Wave Riders in catamarans. With swaying palm trees and the great China Clipper, what more could you want in a recreation of a vintage travel poster?
BACK IN TIME: A Historic Perspective of early transoceanic air travel - The country was in a grip of a great depression in the 1930's, when this painting was made for popular calendars and art prints. Yet people still dreamed of, and a few did manage travel, even if underemployed. The young and out of work, which was 25-50% depending on regions, hitched a ride, used buses, trains, and if no ticket, jumped a freight. There were a few jobs on ships if you really needed to see the world, there was always the Navy!
Did you know that a round trip ticket in 1938 to Honolulu on this China Clipper cost the same as a Down Payment on an average home in California? The RT ticket to China and back cost the same as a new Cadillac Car, or a Down Payment on a fine new custom large home, with enough left over to buy some furniture? Yes, in the great depression, their was a wealthy 1% who kept getting richer, often on the backs of growing poverty. Still, the glamour of travel by air was a dream so out of reach, to my young parents dating, they and their friends, loved watching the boarding calls of celebrities and movie stars taking off on the Clipper out of Treasure Island, ( Also the sight of the 1939 Pan-Pacific World's Fair), San Francisco. To imagine then of a flight on the Clipper, was so out of reach, that it was like wishing today that we could fly to the space station.
Despite what you imagine, the accommodations on these Flying Pan Am Clippers, were first rate and service, perfect. The food like a fine restaurant, with an actual dining area, and full course meals. There was, full cook galleys, refrigeration, and an expert staff to serve you. Guests, as you imagined, dress to the 9's, as was the custom for air travel and remained so until the 1980's.
You typically left San Francisco at 4:30PM in the afternoon and arrived in Honolulu around 10:30 AM the next day. Now that was fast, in the 1930's, when a ship, the only other way to the islands might take 6-7 days.
As Mr.Trip, the creator of Pan Am was the business enemy of TWA and other smaller carriers as owned by the innovative Howard Hughes, Can you imagine Hughes coming to sneak to view of plane? You can almost hear Glenn Miller's Big Band playing "In The Mood" at an Airport lounge...
Here is our fine art print, a limited edition .
Please see our other listings of Pan Am Flying Boats, Aviation art and pin-ups.
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