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Astronomy, Outer Space, Fortune Magazine, Frank Tinsley, Set of 4 Advertisement Plaques, 1958


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: 1958
4 advertisement presentation plaques
17.5 x 13.5 inches
$1,500 set of four

A set of four advertisement broadside plaques for the American Bosch Arma Corporation showing various space ships as the latest “steps in the race to outer space.” Each dramatic rendering by Frank Tinsley shows an innovative space vehicle as a conception for development in space travel and exploration:  the Mars Snooper, Lunar Unicycle, Cosmic Butterfly and Space Station. They were presented as  futuristic designs to demonstrate American Bosch as being at the forefront of technological developments for the human conquest of space. The designs were created in 1958, shortly following Sputnik 1, the first artificial Earth satellite, launched by the Soviet Union in elliptical low Earth orbit in 1957. The first successful U.S. satellite, Explorer I, was launched into Earth orbit on Jan. 31, 1958, at Cape Canaveral, Florida, four months after Russia orbited Sputnik. These launches had captivated the worldwide interest of the public witnessing the dawn of the space age.

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These ads originally appeared in 1958 in Fortune magazine, a business periodical founded in 1955. The offered 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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