• Title :     KLM
  • Artist:     Jaq. Ryske Inv. Designer Vliscofabrieken Helmond Maker
  • Accession:     TD1989.287.7
  • Country:     Netherlands Helmond
  • Date:     1933 1934
  • Dimensions:     Inches 14-7/8 14-7/8, Centimeters 37.8 37.8
  • Collection:     Object
  • Category:     Textiles
  • Collection Theme:     Travel, Transportation, and Tourism
  • Subject:     Textiles/Textile Design , Advertising , Aviation , Commemoration
  • Credit Line:     The Wolfsonian–Florida International University, Miami Beach, Florida, The Mitchell Wolfson, Jr. Collection
  • URL:     TD1989.287.7.JPG
  • Tags:     Travel, Transportation, and Tourism~Textiles
Blue ink-dye transfer on a cotton handkerchief commemorating a KLM flight of a Fokker F-VII, H-NACC, 'Pelikaan' airplane beginning its journey on December 18-22, 1933 from the Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam to the Tjililitan Airport, Batavia in the former Dutch Colony of the East Indies (now known as Jakarta, Indonesia) carring mail from The Netherlands. The flight lasted a record four days, four hours and forty minutes. The KLM Dutch carrier was one of the first to open service in 1929 between Amsterdam and Batavia, Indonesia. The service was flown in Dutch-built Fokker airplanes such as the single-engine F-VII. Typically, the trip took ten days to complete including fueling and night stops with a maximum of four passengers on board; image depicts an airplane flying en route over the East Dutch Indies enclosed within a square border consisting of inscriptions in Dutch.