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).

Wonder city of the world!

An acquaintance of ours once wrote of New York City and its denizens:

“Even New Yorkers who have lived here all their lives are happy to sit back and chat away about the place as if they’d just come across it. It’s a regular topic of conversation. And what’s nice is that it’s neither particularly narcissistic nor self-loathing, this chatter, but more curious and delighted.”

We think that as apt and accurate a description of New Yorkers’ attitude toward their town as we’ve ever heard.

We find that New Yorkers not only like to talk about their town, to commiserate over its delights and surprises (and, yes, miseries) with one another, but most every New Yorker we know also likes to see the city on the silver screen (or perhaps the small screen at home). Even though we’re surrounded at all times by the hustle and bustle, the noise and hordes of people and row after row of concrete towers, most of us still get a kick out of seeing them depicted cinematically.

And it’s an even rarer treat to see the streets of the city as they once were, in old movies and promotional films.

The film we’re sharing with you today, “Flight to New York,” is a promo film for Trans-World Airlines, but it touts the Big Apple just as much as that now-defunct air carrier. It was shot in 1950, and most of the attractions featured in it are still around today. But there’s something about seeing them as they once were, captured in glorious black-and-white.