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Advertising Art, Space Exploration, Space Vehicles, Fortune Magazine Advertisement Broadsides, Frank Tinsley, Set of 4, Vintage Prints, 1959


Frank Tinsley (fl. 1930s-1950s) (after)
As Presented in Fortune: Mars Snooper
As Presented in Fortune: Lunar Unicycle
As Presented in Fortune: Cosmic Butterfly
As Presented in Fortune: Assembling a Station in Space

American: 1959
4 tear sheets, each mounted on masonite and laminated as issued
17.5 x 13.5 inches
$1,200 set of four

A set of advertisements of the American Bosch Arma Corporation showing the latest “steps in the race to outer space,” dramatically illustrated with renderings by Frank Tinsley. The Mars Snooper, Lunar Unicycle, Cosmic Butterfly and Space Station represent ideas for the human conquest of space then in the forefront of the imagination of both scientists and a public that enthusiastically witnessed the dawning of the space age. They originally appeared in Fortune magazine, a business periodical founded in 1955.

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These mounted illustrations were probably presented by the magazine to the advertiser, incorporating their advertisements on laminated plaques. The sheets are mounted on masonite, laminated, and the edges are beveled. The lamination gives the black a mirror eglomise appearance.

Frank Tinsley was an American illustrator, comic strip artist and a writer of science fiction. During the 1930s, he illustrated for the pulp aviation series then popular, with titles such as Sky Birds, War Birds and the series on the exploits of the character Bill Barnes, Air Adventurer. Tinsley covers for the Bill Barnes issues featured precise renditions of airplanes in flight, rendered in pop comic-strip colors. From 1940 to 1945, Tinsley drew the Yankee Doodle newspaper comic, which was soon retitled Captain Yank. In the 1950s, he wrote and illustrated articles on futuristic scenarios for publications such as Mechanix Illustrated and science fiction magazines like Amazing Stories.

The American Bosch Arma Corporation, formed by the merger of two companies in 1954, designed and manufactured engines and engine parts for vehicles and aircraft. It was renamed AMBAC industries in 1968 and acquired by United Technologies Corp. ten years later.

Condition: Generally very good with the usual overall toning, wear, light scratching. One with small chipped piece, inpainted. Another with dimpled area from picture hanger verso, not obtrusive.


“Frank Tinsley.” 31 January 2005. (1 March 2005).

Plaisance, Mike and Guide, Alicia. “Old Bosch Factory Burns.” The Republican. 17 December 2004. (1 March 2005).

Schroeder, Karl. “Can we Atomize the Arctic?” Karl 6 January 2005. (1 March 2005).

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