Among the Air India collection, I saw a large number of Maharajas of varying sizes, made of different materials. Also many rare baggage decals, beer coasters, time tables, maps, booklets, advertisements, menu cards etc. etc.; truly a remarkable collection. Something really special were photographs going back to 1948, when the airline started. These are all ex-John Stroud, and exceedingly well preserved. Also a lovely collection of hand fans, matchboxes, and an acrylic Maharajah which is used as a promotional item on the travel agent counter. This one has hands that are riveted on the shoulder, so that the arms move freely. He is carrying a briefcase and is reminiscent of the 1956 (Frankfurt) Trade Show poster.
Ken is also an artist, and his favourite subject is, yes, you guessed right, it is aircraft! He uses the stippling technique, where you paint by creating a decorative pattern making several small ink dots. Using this technique he has created wonderful illustrations of Air India aircraft. Ken is also a gifted poet, and has published a book of airline verse, Voices from the Heart.
So we had a great day trading stories about Air India, and here’s wishing Ken all the very best with his collecting.
An Air-India Boeing 707 stipple painting by Ken
P vinod Menon
my dads friend in mumbai one mr krishnadas was in airindia in a post maybe in 1956 of before-have also flown by airindia-liked it -isnt it good to fly in our own carrier sometimes if not allways-think year was 1981-1982 but before 1988 -doesnt it feel good to be served by Indian airhostess-lovely Indian ladies-if may say,anyway have also flown by few other airlines-thank you.☺❤👍.p vinod
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