Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Flights of fancy

It was 1907 - just a few years after the Wright brothers took to the skies - and the world was entranced by the idea of flight. So, how would an illustrator imagine the future port of New York as anything other than a fantastic Sky Harbor? That's where artist Arthur T. Merrick's imagination took him in the November 1907 issue of Saint Nicholas Magazine. The popular children's monthly included many whimsical spot illustrations. Here's another one from the December 1907 issue featuring artist E.B. Bird's musing on Santa's chosen mode of transport 100 years in the future ...

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