Advertising fan for British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) - Speedbird; Ade...


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Advertising fan for British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) - Speedbird

About this object

Folding fan advertising British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) -'Speedbird.'
Monture: Bamboo - natural sticks, polished guards.
Mount: Cyan-coloured double paper leaf printed on both sides.
Obverse: Set within a frieze bordered by branches of stylised roses are six costumed figures (from l to r): a Mounty (Americas), a girl with a basket on her head (Caribbean), a Beefeater (Europe), a tall tribesman (Africa), a Japanese lady (Asia), and a Mounty with Kangaroo (Australia). Above the border, the words 'All over the World, BOAC takes good care of you'.
After a design by K. M Adelman.
Reverse: the BOAC logo in gold and navy blue. Lower left edge of leaf impressed with the letters ISESO.


Adelman, K. M

Maker Role


Date Made

c. 1950s


Twentieth Century

Medium and Materials

Monture: Bamboo, natural & polished
Mount: Paper, colour-printed

Place Made


Inscription and Marks

Obverse: 'All over the World BOAC takes good care of you' / Adelman
Reverse: BOAC logo / ISESO (impressed)




Guard Length: 22.5 cm
Leaf Depth: 13 cm
Leaf Span: 38.5 cm

Subject and Association Keywords



The Fan Museum Trust

Credit Line

The Fan Museum

Object Type

Fan (folding)

Object number


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