Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Malév: First Flight from Budapest to Istanbul, 1957
Continuing our retrospective of the 66-year history of now-collapsed Malév, today's feature is this gorgeous vintage envelope celebrating Hungarian Airlines's flight from Budapest to Istanbul. A dusty blue field, sporting a thick, whimsical seriffed script of the airline, becomes the contrail of a turboprop, soaring over a cluster of minarets and domes, recalling the Ottomon-era links between the two capitals. This illustration is nearly identical to the photomontage in the red stamp at center, which features a Malév craft angling over an eastern skyline. Interestingly, the text is entirely in English.