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Who are these remaining Aero Girls?

Many of the paintings in our Aero Girls collection remain unidentified. Do you know who any of the sitters are in these paintings?


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Were there Aero Girls billboard adverts?

Our research into the Rowntree & Co.'s 1950s Aero Girls 'DIFFERENT' campaign covers press adverts, magazine adverts and an early television commercial. It is possible that there was an additional strand to the JWT Aero advertising campaigns in the post-war period, which made use of billboards. These adverts may have run with alternative copy to the 'DIFFERENT' advert. Two stories of women who were both featured on billboard adverts have recently emerged, yet no matching proofs from the 1950s have been found at the either Borthwick Institute for Archives Rowntree & Co. archive or in the History of Advertising Trust's JWT archive. Read the Aero Girls' stories below. If you recognise their portraits or recall Aero billboard advertising from the 1950s please contact us.

Who painted this portrait?

The painter of this portrait remains unknown. Can you tell us who painted it?

Where are these paintings now?

We would love to know what has happened to some of the paintings previously owned by Rowntree & Co. Ltd and JWT. There was only one female Aero painter, Mary Potter who was commisioned to paint a portrait for the Aero campaign, yet her painting is now lost. Find out about the mystery painting and the sitter below.

These portraits were once at the Rowntree & Co. Ltd factory in York and at the JWT offices in Berkley Square, in London Do you know where they are now?

Missing painting

Missing painting of Pamela Synge

Missing painting

Polaroid records of lost Aero Girls paintings at the Rowntree factory in York believed to be by Anthony Devas and James A Grant. These are now missing or held in unknown private collections.

Aero Girl painting in a JWT office, 1950s. Image from JWT London Collection at History of Advertising Trust

Aero Girl painting in a JWT office, 1950s. Image from JWT London Collection at History of Advertising Trust

Written by Kerstin Doble