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Object: Poster, ’Fiji Fly Teal’

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Title Poster, ’Fiji Fly Teal’
Production Thompson, Arthur, 1950s, New Zealand
Materials paper, printing ink
Classification posters
Dimensions Overall: 970mm (Height) x 630mm (Width)
Credit line Purchased 2001
Registration number GH009293

This poster by Arthur Thompson (1915 – 1997) conjures up the tropical delights of Fiji, the first stop on TEAL’s island-hopping Coral Route. Fiji was one of the airline’s most popular destinations. The romance of the Pacific and TEAL’s stylish flying boats proved to be an irresistible combination for wealthy international tourists.

In the 1950s, Thompson worked for TEAL (Tasman Empire Airways Limited), the forerunner of Air New Zealand. Exotic, colourful designs enticed travellers onto TEAL’s flights to glamorous destinations across the Pacific.

Thompson was a commercial artist who worked in New Zealand and Britain. He studied at the Elam School of Fine Arts and in the 1960s had a successful career as a costume and set designer for film and television.

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