Found this beautiful calendar a few years ago at an estate sale. Amazing color and condition for it’s age.
Here is some background on the calendar and the artist Charles Hubbell.
Produced by Thompson Products, manufacturers of
automotive and airplane parts, this calendar is awesome! This find
came from an Estate dig in Pennsylvania and has some fabulous WWII
airplane art by the well know artist, Charles H Hubbell.
Though the vellum, cover page is a little worn, the rest of
the calendar is fabulous for the age.
Be sure to take a tour of the calendar on my Ecrater site:
Also see the individual images available as prints, on
mugs, and other great items at 9 Miles Of Vintage on CafePress
Charles Hubbell was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1899. As a boy
of 10 he became interested in aviation when a friend gave him an
aeronautical magazine and he became an avid model airplane builder.
Before he completed high school, he had designed and built many
models as well as a man-sized glider. He graduated from the
Cleveland School of Art in 1923. He traded his early paintings for
flight time, soloing in 1925. He received CAA pilots License number
Charles worked as a commercial artist for several years
painting airplanes mostly as a hobby as there was little demand for
aviation art at that time. Cliff Henderson, the director of the
National Air Races had seen Hubbell’s airplane paintings and
had used them on his air race posters and programs. Cliff arranged
a meeting with Fred Crawford, Chairman of Thompson Products, who
sponsored the Thompson Trophy Races. This was the famous unlimited
closed course race that started in 1929.
Henderson suggested that Charles paint the winners each year
for a calendar. Fred Crawford agreed with great enthusiasm and
sealed the deal with a handshake. That started a 30-year project
for Hubbell…painting airplanes for
The first calendar was produced in 1939 and consisted of the first nine Thompson Trophy
winners and four airliners. On each monthly picture, Hubbell
faithfully gave the details of the subject aircraft—its make
and type, specifications and performance data, engine and types.
Each year thereafter the calendars featured a theme along with a
section of Hubbell’s paintings. This panorama of aviation
history continued through 1969 when Charles retired, followed by an
additional four years with a series called the “Best of
Hubbell”. The calendars would become the most authentic and
complete history of aviation ever to be assembled so beautifully.
Charles Hubbell was the world’s best-known
artist-historian of the early air age. He was a stickler for detail
and he went to great lengths to assure accuracy, not only for the
aircraft, but the backgrounds as well. He would traveled more than
65,000 miles in a single year to obtain technical information to
stamp his paintings with authenticity, and to capture the clouds
and terrain that set the mood of the many colorful scenes depicted
in his work.
During his association with TRW, Hubbell had created 32
calendars and more than 375 individual oil paintings. His
watercolors and drawings number over 600. Hubbell’s paintings
have hung in the white house, in museums, palaces, libraries, and
homes of countless thousands of aviation buffs throughout the
world. (Info from www.memaerobilia.com)
For more images and to see the full calendar go to: Fighters In The Sky On Etsy
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