CHICAGO FLY TWA Travel Advertising Poster


Genre: Travel
Artist: Austin Briggs
Year Printed: c. 1960
Size: 25" X 40.25"
Country of Poster: Unknown
Restoration Detail: Unrestored
Grade: Very Fine
Additional Information: Original Chicago Fly TWA vintage travel poster created by the artist Austin Briggs circa 1969. This poster has professional acid-free archival linen backing, mint condition. This original is ready to frame. An impressionistic view of Chicago at night showcasing the many bridges crossing the Chicago River as one looks east toward Lake Michigan. There are a total of 18 bridges constructed between 1902 -1950’s. The design of the bridges is based on axels and counterweight systems uniquely designed in Chicago. TWA entered the jet age when it took delivery of its first 707 in January 1959. TWA (Trans World Airlines) was formed in 1924 as Transcontinental & Western Air. The airline's first route was New York to Los Angeles, soon followed by multiple National routes. The airline expanded to serve Europe, the Middle East and Asia after WWII when the company was under the control of Howard Hughes, owner from 1939 until 1961. Hughes was a dominant force in expanding and promoting the routes flown by his company. The economy was vastly improving, and travels through air for business and pleasure increased too. Posters were a key element to promoting this form of travel and TWA. The airline started a decline in the 1970s that ended up in a third bankruptcy that caused their acquisition by American Airlines in 2001. The airline operated in 132 destinations worldwide and had a fleet size of 190.

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