Medium 50x70 cm: Posters – Vintage

Kar-air by Erik Bruun

Erik Bruun
Originally published
50 x 70 cm
Product Code

In stock

About the artwork

Three brothers. A hen house. A motorcycle engine.

A few decades later, an airline, a factory and a whole community.

The brothers Niilo, Valto, and Uuno Karhumäki were certainly not your common idle fellows. At first they built kites, then model planes and later on real airplanes: Karhu I, Karhu II and Karhu III. Not long after this they earned their passenger certificates and started to offer flying tours for the general public.

The brothers were also involved in aerial photography and many of the postcards of the era were taken from their flying machines. In addition, they trained pilots and repaired flying machines. In 1939 the company moved to Kuorevesi and there, in the virtual wilderness, a completely new community sprang up around the Karhumäki factory. The village was named Halli.

The airline carrier Karhumäki Airways was founded in 1950, but challenging the state monopoly was not easy since the authorities favored Aero in many ways.

But so what? Karhumäki flew between Helsinki and Joensuu to Sundsvall in Sweden, later to Stockholm via Tampere. Soon it was the first in Finland to offer charter flights to the south.

So the least we can do now is to celebrate the Karhumäki brothers with a deep bow in front of the poster. (Come on, don’t be shy!)

Photo: © Helsinki City Museum by Arvo Kajantie, 1952, Helsinki Airport, with CC BY 4.0-license.

About the product

This poster of the airline Kar-Air made by Erik Bruun belongs to our Custom Print series. That means we will print it individually for you!

We use the latest printing technique, and that’s why we can guarantee that the luminosity and fullness of the colour scheme are outstanding. We print in Finland on high-quality FSC-certified matte paper. 
The poster is delivered to you in our stylish Come to Finland poster tube.