Poster, Lubrication by Shell
Kauffer understood the allure associated with the emerging field of civilian aviation. His friend Whitney Straight, a race car driver and pilot, partnered with Miles Aircraft to develop the sleek M.11 airplane. With a blurred propellor, the M.11 flies through Kauffer’s airbrushed clouds and signature space frame. A robotic “Shell Man” watches from the ground. Kauffer designed the playful mascot, which appeared regularly in Shell advertisements.
It is credited
Collection of Merrill C. Berman.
Its dimensions are
75.9 × 114 cm (29 7/8 × 44 7/8 in.)
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Underground Modernist: E. McKnight Kauffer.