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The Main Routes of Imperial Airways

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1939 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Ben Johnson & Co. Ltd (printer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour halftone print on paper that has been pasted onto a card support

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case GG, shelf 159

Physical description

A colour advertisement for Imperial Airways depicting three superimposed images of the world in various sizes and showing different areas of the globe. On each of these there are black lines in various patters signifying the flight routes of Imperial Airways. In the top right there is a key and in the bottom right there is information regarding bookings.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1939 (made)


Ben Johnson & Co. Ltd (printer)

Materials and Techniques

Colour halftone print on paper that has been pasted onto a card support

Marks and inscriptions

'Ben Johnson & Co. Ltd. York'
Lettered with name of printers

Numbered (possibly a date)


Height: 27.7 cm, Width: 37.4 cm, Height: 65.1 cm, Width: 51.2 cm

Descriptive line

Print, pictorial advertisements for Imperial Airways, colour halftone on paper pasted onto support card, Great Britain, probably 1939

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints, Drawings and Paintings Accession Register for 1991


Paper; Card support


Halftone printing

Subjects depicted

Map; Air travel; World


Prints; Advertising; Transport; Tourism & Travel; Entertainment & Leisure; Maps


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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