This is a vintage Grape Festival poster from Kennewick Washington in 1946. Measures about 22"x 14" and printed on heavy stock cardboard. It features Spike Jones and his City Slickers and Jack Teagarden and his Orchestra plus a "Tex" Rankin (John Gilbert) Air Show. Also as you can see other events were going on like a football ball game, 1946 Ford car give away etc.
John Gilbert "Tex" Rankin was an aerobatic pilot, barnstormer, air racer, and flight instructor from the 1920s to the 1940s, he was killed in a plane crash on February 23, 1947 in Klamath Falls, Oregon.
Spike Jones (Lindley Armstrong) was an American musician and bandleader specializing in performing satirical arrangements of popular songs from the early 1940s to the mid 1950s.
It is rare to find ANY air show posters from this era, especially featuring well known names. Posters of this type was not produced in mass quantity as it was a local event in the northwest.
The back of the poster at one time had old beer bottle labels attached to it (see 5th pic, 1st image). Corners and edges show some wear with pin holes and some small pieces gone, some more pin holes along the edges here & there, definite browning with age, but overall good condition. Will be mailed flat.
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