Date: circa 1960
Size: 24.75 x 39.5 inches
Artist: Austin Briggs
This Fly TWA poster from the 1960s was designed by Austin Briggs for the state of Arizona. It features an elegant woman in a green wide-brimmed hat, smiling as she stands before desert country. It was during the 1930s that Phoenix and its surrounding area began to be called "The Valley of the Sun" -- an advertising slogan invented to boost tourism. Here, the sun is so strong that it hides half her face, casting a mysterious shadow on our stylish woman!
Austin Briggs (1908-1973) was an American cartoonist and illustrator. After working for a while at an advertising agency, he began providing illustrations for the "upmarket" pulp magazine Blue Book. Briggs later became an assistant to the cartoonist Alex Raymond on Flash Gordon and succeeded him on Secret Agent Corrigan. He created two posters for TWA: This Arizona ad, and one for Chicago, looking toward east on the river toward Lake Michigan.
Lined and in great condition, from a private collection.