Now all roads lead to France and heavy is the tread
Of the living; but the dead returning lightly dance.
Edward Thomas, Roads

Friday, July 10, 2015

Aviation Industry Advertising Takes Off!

Wandering around hyperspace on a completely different mission,  I found archived copies of what appears to be a magazine for businesses and participants in the new super industry of aviation, called Air Power.  I'm not sure if it is connected somehow to the recently defunct periodical Airpower. The 1918 issues, though, have a distinctly modern feel to them, although with the printing technology of the times the didn't allow for the full-color, glossy look of today's magazines. Nonetheless, the selection of ads we are presenting here are well done and collectively show there were lots of ways to make a buck in the new industry.


  1. This is fascinating. I had no idea aviation got so commercial so early. David B.

  2. Instrument-makers such as the Radium Dial Company employed women to paint the radium onto the dials. They used to moisten the brushes with their tongues and consequently developed oral cancer from the radiation. To be fair, the dangers were not appreciated at the time.

  3. Good Job Dear. Thanks for sharing.