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    Posted 9 years ago

    kelkat
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    I saw this at an antique shop and asked for it for my birthday. I know nothing about it so any help would be greatly appreciated! This is all hand done on tissue paper.
    The title reads "TISSUE LAYOUT FOR POSTERS" done in pencil.
    These are individual posters, very delicate, drawn in pencil, colored in with pastels?.
    There are 3 different poster versions of "US to ASIA via HAWAII"
    and 2 versions of "2 DAYS TO CHINA VIA HAWAII"
    On all the prints is the name 'FRISCO AIR LINES'.
    There is also the phrase "FLY THE CLIPPER WAY".
    This is all I could find. My theory is this is associated with
    "THE CHINA CLIPPER" airplanes that were affiliated with SAN FRANCISCO airlines in the 30's. Hence the name "FRISCO AIR LINES". The planes are identical to the ones on my poster. They also flew to Hawaii. I beleive this was possible advertising artwork mock ups for these flights.
    This was all I could gather, but any aviation aficionado may be able to help!
    There is no signature and I am at a loss. Any info or thoughts would help:)

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    1. stefdesign stefdesign, 9 years ago
      These definitely look like advertising 'comps'. (Or 'mock-ups', as you put it). This is the kind of work I did for 10 years as an advertising illustrator. They look like 1930s or '40s work, due to the style and medium. However, they also could be student work. Perhaps this was an assignment for a commercial art class or school. It's really hard to tell, but I've never heard of "Frisco Airlines", which leads me to believe it MIGHT be a student assignment rather than real comps.
      In real life, the creator of such comps would never sign their names, that would be for the final illustrator to do.
    2. kelkat kelkat, 9 years ago
      Thank you so much! I also thought they might be student work. I really appreciate your feedback, you definately are the one to ask:) I have never heard of Frisco either, so your idea makes total sense.:)
    3. kelkat kelkat, 9 years ago
      I agree, it was really dirty and hiding in the corner, great surprise!:)
    4. Bootson Bootson, 9 years ago
      Good call there stefdesign. I used to do comps too in a past life. In the first studio I worked, the "old guys" referred to pastel comps as "chalks". By the time I arrived chalks were a thing of the past and it was all "marker comps". I never did like markers but got pretty good at it. I don't know when they started using markers instead of chalks but my guess is it shifted over in the late 50s or early 60s maybe.

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