Delta Airlines Montage - Bermuda Travel

Bermuda Travel Poster – Delta Airlines Montage
Bermuda Travel Poster – Delta Airlines Montage

Delta Airlines Montage - Bermuda Travel


Fred Sweney

American, 1912-1996

Vintage Travel Poster, Lithographic

Mounted on linen

Poster only: 27.75 x 24.125 in. (70.5 x 66.5 cm.)
With linen foundationt: 31.5 x 26.25 in. (80 x 61 cm.)

Printed ca. 1960

Note: A montage of drawn images plus emblems of Bermuda and Delta Airlines: a Bermuda flag flapping in the wind; a golfer about to hit a golf ball; a couple dining; a sunfish boat; a Poinciana flower lower left; a woman in a two-piece swimsuit with large sunhat and beach ball. Cross-promotional.

Fred Sweney (1912-1996) was an American artist and illustrator whose 1960s-era Delta Airlines travel posters helped him earn several awards for graphic design. He was also a longtime educator and author who published several books on the fundamentals of drawing and painting wildlife.   

After studying at the Cleveland School of Art in the early 1930s, Sweney’s interest in nature and natural history led to an early focus on illustrated work depicting various species of birds, which won a prize in a 1939 exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. In 1949 Sweney was hired by the Minnesota-based publishing company Brown and Bigelow — one of the largest printers of calendars in the world — where for many years his artwork provided the basis for the company’s wildlife calendars. Sweney also contributed articles and illustrations for several national sportsman’s magazines, including Sports Afield, Nature, Outdoors, and Outdoors Man. In 1950 Sweney established his career as an educator at the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, where he began as an instructor before eventually being named professor and head of the graphic arts department. Over the course of his tenure Sweney authored several instructional manuals, including Techniques of Drawing and Painting Wildlife (1959), Drawing and Painting Birds (1961), and Painting the American Scene in Watercolor (1964). 

In the early 1960s, Sweney was commissioned by Delta Airlines to create a series of colorful, montage-style travel posters designed to promote many of the carrier’s featured destinations — both international and domestic —including Bermuda, the Caribbean (Jamaica, The Bahamas), New York, San Francisco, and Boston. The distribution of these posters was accompanied by Sweney’s receipt of several important graphic arts awards: the National Offset Lithographic Award (1960-1961); the Lithographic Competition and Exhibit Award (1961); and the 2nd Annual Printing Exhibiton Award (1962). In the ensuing years Sweney’s poster art, featuring a unique combination of iconic landmarks and naturalistic figures in motion, has become a much sought-after addition to the vintage poster marketplace.

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