David Klein: Vintage TWA Posters
If only travel posters still looked this good!
American illustrator, David Klein (1918-2005), created numerous travel posters for Howard Hughes’ Trans World Airlines (TWA) in the 1950s and 1960s. His posters use eye-popping colors, iconic landmarks, and scenic images to advertise global travel.
The composition of this particular poster is fantastic, as Klein sets the St. Louis Gateway Arch against a festively patterned background, emphasizing its momentous size. The analogous colors of the type, airplane, and old courthouse are a warm treat too!
In 1957, the MOMA honored Klein by including his TWA poster advertising New York’s Time Square into its permanent collection.
In addition to creating colorful multi-faceted travel posters, Klein has also designed and illustrated window cards for Broadway plays and the Heights Players community theater. Images of his life’s work can be see on his website, which is managed by his estate.
Be sure to check out the general illustration section, which features a kooky take on Alice in Wonderland!
Also worth checking: Dan Reisinger Illustration and Design.
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