This vintage aviation travel sign is a very rare find. Fly Coast To Coast for $80 plus tax, how great is that? This authentic sign is an amazing survivor. We believe it to be from the 1930’s, although we are not sure which airline this was advertising. Here are the most likely companies flying at the time.
Pan-Am used a winged font with similar colors during this time period. Transcontinental and Western Air (TWA), also used slanted letters on their airplanes and advertisements. Other possibilities include American Airlines and Eastern Air Transport (Eastern Air Lines).
Whichever airline it was, the fact that this sign is still around makes it a notable piece of aviation history. The sign is metal and painted with enamel. Over the years there has been wear and paint loss as shown in the photos. The are some minor areas where the paint is flaking, but I believe this can be restored or preserved.
The wood frame is newer and used to stabilize the metal sign. The screws attaching the sign to the wood, are using the original mounting holes of the sign. No new holes were drilled to attach the two together. Whether your an aviation buff, pilot or work in the airline industry, this vintage aviation travel sign is for you. What a great statement in a home or office setting. Its like a piece of art, waiting to be appreciated and admired.
PERIOD: Circa 1930-1940
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States
MATERIALS: Enamel on metal.
CONDITION: Good condition with wear consistent with age and use. There are paint losses and flaking which can be seen in the photos. The wood frame that supports the sign was recently made, and not original.
HEIGHT: 60 in. (152 cm)
WIDTH: 24 in. (61 cm)
DEPTH: 1 in. (3 cm)
WEIGHT: lbs. ( kg)