TEAL Posters – Air New Zealand’s Early Days

This vibrant collection of 1950s travel posters was designed by Arthur Thompson (1915 – 1997) in the 1950s for TEAL (Tasman Empire Airways Limited), the forerunner of Air New Zealand. Exotic, colourful designs enticed travellers onto TEAL’s flights to glamorous destinations across the Pacific.

Thompson was a commercial artist who worked in New Zealand and Britain. He studied at the Elam School of Fine Arts and in the 1960s had a successful career as a costume and set designer for film and television. He was the chief set designer on the 1962 epic Lawrence of Arabia – a film with plenty of style and drama, just like these posters!

Air New Zealand 75 Years exhibition