DL747400 From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 195 posts, RR: 0 Posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 9289 times:
Just wondering whether anyone else collects airline print advertising (print ads) in 8.5" X 11.0" format? I have thousands of ads from airlines all over the world dating back to 1929 all the way to current ads. Just looking for anyone else who might collect airline ads.
Aviasian From Singapore, joined Jan 2001, 1453 posts, RR: 16 Reply 2, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 8920 times:
I have some but they certainly were not of comparable vintage . . . I wish there was a website where one could see scans of the ads you have.
I love the designs of vintage airline ads - many were very pretty and more artistically rendered than contemporary ones.
I do have some ads from airlines publicising their DC-10s when this was considered a very new type . . . and two of the most interesting ones include China Airlines' (which did not eventually take delivery of its aircraft), Air Siam and Aloha Pacific.
I also particularly liked the ones from Northwest Airlines and Pan Am.
DL747400 From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 195 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 8853 times:
Quoting Aviasian (Reply 2): I do have some ads from airlines publicising their DC-10s when this was considered a very new type . . . and two of the most interesting ones include China Airlines' (which did not eventually take delivery of its aircraft), Air Siam and Aloha Pacific.
I love the ads that were promoting a new type of aircraft! My favorites are early 1970's vintage and were airlines advertising their new 747s, L1011 TriStars, and DC-10s. Boeing, McDonnell Douglas and Lockheed also created a number of great ads for their new widebodies. These ads still make me smile!
Tango-Bravo From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3728 posts, RR: 31 Reply 5, posted (4 years 8 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 8734 times:
Quoting DL747400 (Thread starter): I have thousands of ads from airlines all over the world dating back to 1929 all the way to current ads
Where have you found the ads comprising your collection? Also, how do your store your ads?
It seems like there is, at any given time, a large selection of interesting vintage airline ads to choose from on eBay -- including some I have found very tempting to buy...but have not yet taken that "first step" toward airline ad collecting. My main airline hobby interest is timetables from the 1950s-60s ...which, very often to almost invariably, have one or more airline ads, many of which cover a two-page spread, which translates to about 8"x9"
DL747400 From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 195 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (4 years 8 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 8712 times:
Quoting Tango-Bravo (Reply 5): Where have you found the ads comprising your collection? Also, how do your store your ads?
All of my ads are stored in 3" three-ring binders. All ads from airlines in the same geographical region are arranged together sorted alphabetically by airline name, then ads from each airline are arranged chronologically (earliest to most recent). Here are my core groupings:
Aircraft Manufacturers (Boeing, Airbus, Lockheed, McDonnell Douglas)
Any rough edges on the ad are trimmed. Each ad is placed in a clear heavy-duty plastic sleeve (buy them in boxes of 100 or 200 when they are on sale at the major office supply chains). I do use both the front and back sides of the sleeve to maximize my storage capacity. I place black acid-free paper behind/between the ads (you can buy this at most art-supply stores) to help preserve the magazine paper. Having a black backing also elimates most visual print "bleed-through" from whatever is printed on the other side of the ad.
My ads come from a variety of sources. Some have come from airline in-flight magazines from my travels. Others are from newstand-type magazines, mostly bought very cheap at old bookstores. Half Price Books here in Texas is great. A few ads here and there over the years have come from eBay. Some I find at airline memorabilia collectible shows (like the one at ATL on 10/18). Wherever I go I am always on the lookout for old magazines that may have ads, or even new magazines that contain ads that I do not yet have.
My biggest struggle is those ads that ONLY appeared in the 11" X 14" format, which I do not collect. If it's a really nice 11" X 14" ad, I have been known to make a nice color copy of it in 8.5" X 11" size and place it in my collection as a placeholder until I can find an original of that ad in the smaller format.
It is a great hobby, especially for those long, dreary, rainy bad-weather winter days when you just don't want to get out of the house. I learn something about this industry every time I sit down to work on it. Great way to immerse yourself in yesteryear.