San Francisco. No details of publisher. 1937. Stock ID #156662
Poster on stiff card, photographic illustration in black and white, some light even browning on margins, texts in traditional Chinese and English, 48.3 x 33cm. 1935 poster advertising the first Trans-Pacific air mail service which ran between San Francisco and Hong Kong. Clearly aimed at Chinese Americans in San Francisco all text apart from the heading is in Chinese. The text lists the routes and fees between Hong Kong and San Francisco via Gan Island, Philippines and Macau. The centrally placed striking image of a plane shows a close-up of the "China Clipper", the plane that serviced the route, in black and white with the city of San Francisco below her in the background.
The poster advertises, "An aeroplane will be sent to carry the parcels from San Francisco to Hong Kong every Wednesday." Unfortunately the clipper has another claim to fame. Just as it was about to take off at 8am on the morning of 8 December 1941, it was destroyed by the Japanese forces, making it the first object to be destroyed in their attack on Hong Kong. (Stuart Braga - Making impressions: a Portuguese Family in Macau and Hong Kong, 1700-1945. Macau Instituto Internacional de Macau. 2015). (When referring to this item please quote stockid 156662).