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TEAL 'Coral Route' Poster 1950's (70x44cm)

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  • Closed: Thu 28 Jun 2012, 9:45 pm
Listing #: 486622930
This extremely RARE Arthur Thompson New Zealand poster celebrates the Coral route service to Tahiti from NZ's own Tasman Empire Airways Ltd (TEAL). First charted in wartime the route took passengers from Auckland to Fiji, Samoa, Tahiti and the Cook Islands using four Solent IV flying boats. Flying was glamourous, passengers dressed in their Sunday best and when the coral route ceased in 1960 it was the last scheduled international flying boat service.
Now you can enjoy this gorgeous art from a time when air travel was a luxury and a treat.
This poster in its own unique way captures the excitement and glamour of early travel.
This era of posters offered sophisticated images bursting with energy....
Just see the unusual imaging and the use of bright contrasting colours depicting this famous global destination in an abstract style peculiar to poster design.
Artists were specially chosen for their ability to convey catchy and memorable designs.

Obtained from TEAL's Custom St office - it was never displayed so its basically 'perfect' - just a 30x15mm piece missing from bottom right corner which framing would hide!
Because its been stored in the dark for over 50 yrs its possibly still 'the best example in existence'.
(I have never seen another for sale anywhere)

This is not a cheap poster so serious bidders are welcome to view!
"Good strong images are still hard to find," says Tomkinson of Christies. "It's very much a collectors market. These posters will hold their value"

We have come into an exciting collection of original fine art deco posters in incredible condition, so please watch our other up coming auctions to keep an eye out for these unusual finds.....

Postage is $18 within NZ

Shipping details

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  • Seller allows pick-ups
  • Seller location: Auckland City, Auckland, NZ

Payment details

  • NZ bank deposit
  • Cash

About the seller

excalibur9 (45 45 positive feedback)
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Closes: Thu 28 Jun, 9:45 pm. 2012 This auction used auto-extend.