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Anyone Else Collect Airline Ads?

Sat Sep 06, 2008 5:16 pm

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.
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RE: Anyone Else Collect Airline Ads?

Sat Sep 06, 2008 7:14 pm

I only have one, a BA ad from earlier this year, but I look through magazines like The Economist sometimes to see if there's anything interesting.
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RE: Anyone Else Collect Airline Ads?

Wed Oct 08, 2008 4:17 pm

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.

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RE: Anyone Else Collect Airline Ads?

Thu Oct 09, 2008 3:45 am

I have one from Independence Air advertising their (then) new service to Florida. Not to mention the ads NW printed in the backs of the magazine covers (from a Woman's Day magazine, to be particular).
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RE: Anyone Else Collect Airline Ads?

Sat Oct 11, 2008 10:35 pm



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!  Smile
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RE: Anyone Else Collect Airline Ads?

Sat Oct 18, 2008 5:56 pm



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"
 
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RE: Anyone Else Collect Airline Ads?

Sun Oct 19, 2008 5:30 pm



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:

North America
Central/South America/Carribean
Europe
Africa/Middle East
Asia
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.
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RE: Anyone Else Collect Airline Ads?

Mon Dec 29, 2008 7:33 am

Does anyone have a link to various airline print advertising?

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