Advertising poster, airline, 'Australia, Qantas', colour lithograph, designed by Harry Rogers for Qantas, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1972-1975
The production and use of posters to promote airlines and their operations has remained an integral part of various airlines' advertising campaigns despite inroads made recently by the electronic media.
This poster designed by Harry Rogers was one of a series commissioned by Qantas as part of a successful advertising campaign promoting overseas destinations to Australian travellers. Rogers enjoyed a long and productive association with Qantas as a freelance designer. He devised many different and unusual techniques for each different poster series; starting in the 50s through to the 70s, incorporating a variety of styles such as geometrics, watercolours, collage work, and oils. Rogers' designs were innovative, utilising the latest in printing, typesetting and photo technology. The posters produced for Qantas made use of bold, readily identifiable images and vivid colours that were typical of the period.
Anne-Marie Van de Ven, Curator
The poster was designed by Harry Rogers (1929-2012) for Qantas, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1960-1970.
This is one of a number of successful advertising campaigns which Rogers designed to promote Qantas as Australia's premier international carrier. The success of his designs ensured a long association between Qantas and Rogers. Rogers' work with Qantas arose through his association with renowned graphic artist, Gert Sellheim, who had designed Qantas' winged kangaroo symbol which first appeared in 1947. Roger's actually succeeded Sellheim as Qantas' preferred freelance graphic designer.