Size: 24 5/8 x 37 1/4 inches
Condition: A-/ Unobtrusive folds.
This intriguing design leaves plenty to the imagination, as the artist, year, and context are all unknown (if you have insider knowledge, please enlighten us). What we do know is that the poster was printed in Rio de Janeiro, and the removed tip-on tells us that the plane is a Blériot 50 HP. This is a confounding combination, as Blériot was a rival of Brazil's highly lauded aviation pioneer, Alberto Santos-Dumont, who successfully made the first powered flight in Europe in 1906 while Blériot's IV was damaged. Though Blériot's name would go on to achieve more international renown, Brazilians still treat Santos-Dumont as a national hero, and we think he'd be a much more likely candidate for this early aviation lithograph. Alas, those colorful plumes of smoke will keep us guessing.