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”Propeller Propaganda” is the nickname I gave my original vintage airline poster collection. This website is dedicated to poster artists, printmakers and designers, who participated in creating traveling dreams. Click on the posters below and explore my collection!
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Air-India’s beloved mascot, the Maharaja, alias “the Rogue” is the star of many Air-India vintage posters. Conceived in 1946 by Bobby Kooka and illustrated by Umesh Rao, the Maharaja is characterized by his oversized mustache, striped turban, corpulent belly, and aquiline nose.
One of the world’s least-inhibited travelers, the Maharaja developed a reputation for his daring and panache as he adopted different personas in every destination—a snake charmer in India, a monk in Rome, a lover boy in Paris, and even a playboy bunny in New York.
Despite the complaints of ill-humored politicians, the Maharaja and his cutting-edge design earned the company a myriad of advertising awards, and a loyal legion of fans, too. While the Maharaja remains Air-India’s mascot to this day, he is most fondly remembered throughout the world for his role in India’s golden age of advertising.
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* If you are unsettled by my choose of the term "propaganda": The sense of this expression is not originally pejorative. It means "material or information propagated to advance a cause, etc". Last not least: nobody is perfect – if you have some suggestions, please let me know.
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