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As for any airplane, symmetry Kiev Ukraine is a central feature. Architectural ornamentation uses geometric forms. The bright ornateness of Art Deco extends to moveable things – clothes, pottery Kiev Ukraine and abstract paintings. We see these in galleries of modern art, together with the delicately suspended shapes of artist Alexander Calder’s mobiles, which move in Kiev Ukraine the breeze to give a sense of spontaneity and lightness in air. Travel to Napier, Kiev Ukraine, which was rebuilt after the massive 1931 Hawke’s Bay earthquake, and you will see a town centre that is, in some senses, a living Art Deco museum.

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Most airline passengers in the 1930s were wealthy and, at least, aspired to the style and intellectual sophistication that went with high social status, a concept that has long been lost as only money speaks. As a consequence, the airline buildings of the era reflected the taste of a well-to-do avant-garde, of cultured individuals with a sufficient sense of adventure to take a risk and bypass the length of an extended sea or rail voyage. The expansion of passenger air travel saw the building of Art Deco air terminals across the world, along with (to house another marker of rapid social change) a plethora of Art Deco cinemas. Representatives of both survive today. In big cities, the remaining cinemas tend to show art (or other ‘specialist’) movies, while the intact Art Deco air terminals are mostly in regional towns serviced by commuter flights to airline hubs.

Dating from 1930, a major exception to that small and local rule is the magnificent Marine Air Terminal at LaGuardia, New York’s inner-city airport. Why marine? Reflecting the relative lack of land runways and the availability of secure harbours with well-established hotels, the most effective, ocean-spanning passenger planes of that pre-Second World War era were big, piston-engined flying boats built by the US Martin, Sikorsky and Boeing companies, Shorts of Belfast and Dornier in Germany. A few Dornier remains can be seen in the museum and harbour at Broome, Western Australia, where, loaded with men, women and children escaping the Japanese invasion of what was then the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia), the flying boats were machine-gunned on the water by carrier-borne fighters as they waited to refuel and fly on to Perth. The Dutch were unlucky. Also landing at Broome in 1942, but with no loss of life, the Australian Qantas Empire flying boats saved many in the days before the ‘impregnable’ fortress of Singapore fell.

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