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    Posted 7 years ago

    ho2cultcha
    (3800 items)

    This looks like a silkscreen and i don't know anything about it. it might not be old, but am not sure. i like it in this frame though. i can't make out the signature either. can you help w/ any info?

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    1. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 7 years ago
      Wonderful!!! Don't know how you find these treasures so consistently! I love this!

      Looks like the artist's name is "Leake", though I can't be sure. Follow some Leake's for you to investigate.

      http://www.askart.com/AskART/search/Search.aspx?SearchType=Artist&LastName=leake&FirstName=+++++&Action=SubmitArtistButton
    2. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 7 years ago
      thanks mikko. i couldn't find anything resembling this anywhere amongst those or other artists named leake. argh! another aviation mystery goes unsolved...
    3. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 7 years ago
      Hi, ho2cultcha! I wouldn't despair yet.

      The Douglas DC-7 pictured was manufactured between 1953-1958, and "United Air Lines" purchased more of them than any other airline, per wiki.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_DC-7

      Now, this work of art is meant to showcase the plane. Look at the very careful rendering of the plane's United markings. Everything else is just a prop. So two possible lines of inquiry suggest themselves to me. You could seek answers through a historian of 'United Air Lines' or 'United Airlines'. Or, alternatively, seek answers from an art dealer who specializes in vintage posters. This looks very like some of the 1950's era "United Air Lines" travel ad campaign posters designed by Stan Galli. However, I don't think that you work was by Galli.

      http://www.allposters.com/-sp/United-Airlines-San-Francisco-c-1950-Posters_i5121544_.htm

      You could contact Debra Clifford at Vintage Poster Works and ask her about your work.

      http://www.vintageposterworks.com/pages/about-us

      You could contact the United Airlines Historical Foundation, and ask them about your beautiful art work.

      http://www.uahf.org/contact.cfm

      These are just suggestions. I am confident that you'll find something. I look foward to hearing more about this latest gorgeous artwork of yours! miKKo
    4. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 7 years ago
      Wow! thanks so much mikko! great info. i've written to the UA historical foundation already and i'll let you all know what i figure out. i'm not certain that the print is very old. the typography in the title line makes me think that it's much more recent, but i don't know.
    5. loveart, 5 years ago
      @ho2cultcha
      I own this same beautiful art piece of the Douglas DC-7 flying over San Francisco. My late mother had it under a religious poster for many years. Have you been able to find out any information pertaining to the artist and whether it has any value? I would appreciate any information that you can provide. Thank you!
    6. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 5 years ago
      hello loveart. i haven't found out anything about it at all. it's hanging on my wall and looks great in that beautiful frame. let me know if you learn anything about yours.

      best,

      pete

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