Thursday, 14 February 2013

Sepia Saturday 164 - are you a leader?

Unfortunately only a few moments to participate in this week's Sepia Saturday, but I have managed to find something on theme, well the theme of peaked, military hats anyway. This is an advertisement from the March 1963 edition of Air Mail magazine and is reaching out for people to join the R.A.F. Volunteer Reserve.

Vintage advertisement from Air Mail magazine, March 1963.

    

More vintage magazines on my web site

10 comments:

  1. But it doesn't say anything about painting turtles (tortoisei)!

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  2. I was surprised that previous knowledge or commission were not needed.

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  3. The RAF was clearly looking for self proclaimed leadership.

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  4. 1963 - I guess that make me vintage too!

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  5. That question is still being asked today.

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  6. I'm not sure that this leadership thing is all it's cracked up to be.

    I have a few photographs of the RAF Volunteer Reserve from the Second World War, they had training depots in the Midlands, I believe.

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  7. Just looking, in the unclicked, unenlarged version of the page, you can see from the shape of the advert that it dates back to the mid twentieth century. Page layout changes like the seasons doesn't it?

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  8. This reminds me of an old mate, who was in the RAF Territorial's. He certainly didn't have leadership qualities. In fact apart from being a good artist and storyteller, he didn't have many qualities.

    He was on night manoeuvres on one occasion - and he didn't like crawling about in nature with the dirt and grime and the creepy-crawlies - when he was told to keep his head down. Down went his head, and after sometime he began to worry. Slowly he raised his head, looked round, whispered various colleagues names. No reply total silence from any human source. Slowly he got to his feet and search about - nobody - he was alone, in the woods by himself. I think that night tolled the knell of his flyboy career.

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  9. Wow, had to go back and check back to what Alan was saying- layouts sure did and still do change with the seasons! Great ad!

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  10. What strikes me, as someone who has worked with type for over 40 years, is how this copy is all over the place. That's the problem with having any sort of profession; ultimately you see things that drive you nuts that others don't even notice. My father has always been notorious for blurting out things about planes in movies and tv shows, oh, and uniforms. If it isn't right he goes on and on. I'd be doing the same with this tyepsetting.

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