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Original Vintage Lufthansa - Your Velvet Carpet to the World 1950's Travel Poster by Buttgen

Lufthansa - Your Velvet Carpet

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23.75" x 26" - 60cm x 66cm

Lufthansa Airlines traces its history to 1926 when Deutsche Luft Hansa A.G. (styled as Deutsche Lufthansa from 1933 onwards) was formed in Berlin. DLH, as it was known, was Germany's flagship carrier until 1945 when all services were suspended following the defeat of Nazi Germany. In an effort to create a new national airline, a company called Aktiengesellschaft für Luftverkehrsbedarf (Luftag) was founded in Cologne on 6 January 1953, with many of its staff having worked for the pre-war Lufthansa.
West Germany had not yet been granted sovereignty over its airspace, so it was not known when the new airline could become operational. Nevertheless, in 1953 Luftag placed orders for four Convair CV-340s and four Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellations and set up a maintenance base at Hamburg Airport. On 6 August 1954, Luftag acquired the name and logo of the liquidated Deutsche Lufthansa for DM 30,000 (equivalent to € 68000 today), thus continuing the tradition of a German flag carrier of that name.

The airline quickly expanded its routes both, to overseas as well as European destinations. In this picturesque poster, the globe is at the end of the velvet carpet and the plane is the vehicle to the earth. The message is that Lufthansa provides the top flight treatment and is your gateway to any destinations in the world.

The artist of this image is listed as Buttgen but little is known of him.

This is an Original Vintage Poster; it is not a reproduction. This poster is conservation mounted, linen backed, and in excellent condition. We guarantee the authenticity of all of our posters.

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