LONDON Fly TWA Jets (S) Travel Advertising Poster
|Year Printed:||c. 1960|
|Size:||15.25 x 24.25|
|Country of Poster:||Unknown|
|Additional Information:||Original small format David Klein vintage poster taking you to London England on TWA Jets. The image features famous landmarks associated with London such as Big Ben, Nelson's Column (a.k.a. Nelson's Pillar) and Westminster Abbey. During the 1950s and 1960s, David Klein designed and illustrated dozens of posters for Howard Hughes’ Trans World Airlines (TWA). They remain the iconic images of the Jet Set Era. Up, up and away! This London poster was created circa 1960 by the gifted American artist David Klein (1918 –2005) for TWA. The image shows distinctive monuments of the Westminster central area in London: The Big Ben at the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and the Crimea and Indian Mutiny Memorial with the sculpture of Saint George slaying the dragon on top. Klein depicted these in great detail. 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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