10 Things You Should Know About Will Rogers

Here are 10 things you should know about Will Rogers, born 129 years ago today. He was a hugely influential figure in American culture: stage and motion picture actor, vaudeville performer, cowboy, humorist, newspaper columnist, social commentator. Few have ever matched what he accomplished in such a relatively short time. We could use wry sanity and common sense today, that’s for sure.

Pitch perfect: aviation

As the Pitch Perfect series continues, we today feature a collection of 1949 advertising slogans that were used to market air travel and aviation products.

Airacobras for victory; future planes for peace (Bell Aircraft).
Airline run by fliers, The (Transcontinental & Western).
Airplaces that mean business, The (N. A. Aviation).
America’s most useful personal planes (Stinson).
Ask the pilot who flies Silvaire.

Built for permanence, callibrated for performance (Bendix).

Coast to coast overnight (American Airlines, Inc.).

Easy to buy, easy to fly (Stinson plane), Consolidated Vultee.

Family car of the air (Cessna Aircraft Co.).
Finer fuels for the age of flight (Shell).
First across the Pacific; first across the Atlantic; first throughout Latin-America (Pan-American).
First in ALL-METAL personal planes (Silvaire).
First in creative engineering (Bendix Aviation Corp.).
Fly anywhere in Europe via Air-France.
Fly the planes that fly the U. S. Flag (Airlines of the U. S.).
For the man who drives or the man who flies (Dayton Wire Wheel Co.).
Friendly way, C.P.A, The (Canadian Pacific Air Lines).

Gets there first (Air Express).
Great name in aviation, A (Pacific Northern Airlines).

Holiday Land hours nearer today by Capitaliner.
However you go, you’ll stop better because of Bendix.

If time is the element, we conquer it (Calif. Growers Air Express).

Look to Lockheed for leadership (airplanes).

Look to the leader for good safe planes you can afford to buy and fly (Piper).
Main line airway, The (United Air Lines).
Makers of the might Thunderbolt (seebee).
Modern magic carpet, The (Bell Aircraft Corp.).
More people fly more places by Douglas.

Nature made it, TWA flies it, the sunny Santa Fe Trail.

Over the Atlantic and across the world (British Overseas Airways).

Pacemakers of aviation progress (Bell Aircraft).
Precision engineering applied to the end of a wire (Aircraft Marine Prods.).
Propeller with a brain for your private plane, The (Aeromatic Koppers).

Saflight means safety in flight (Aircraft Accessories Corp.).
Serving America’s billionairea (Northwest Airlines).
Speedbird service (British Overseas Airways Corp.).
Spirit of travel is in the air; Everwear travels everywhere.

To get there, try the air (Calif. Growers Air Express).

We smile at miles (Airplane transport).
Wing it there via the air (air mail).
World’s most experienced airline (Pan American).

Years ahead in the science of flight (Lockheed).
Your personal plane IS HERE (Aeronca).