|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.
From First to Worst: The history of Airliners.net.
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