1933 was just six years after Charles Lindbergh's New York to Paris flight and a time of great enthusiasm for the newfound realm of human flight. Magazines, movies, cartoons, and hobby shops were rife with airplane themes. Early Warner Brothers (e.g., Bugs Bunny) and Walt Disney (e.g., Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse) productions often featured airplanes. Even the U.S. Navy used cartoons to train aviators. Many of the toys and magazines of the era are now worth a lot of money on eBay. The cartoon shown here is a 1933 Willie Whopper production titled, "The Air Race" (UbIwerks, Metro-Goldwyn Mayer). It does a good job of representing the era of invention and accomplishment on the part of designers, builders and flyers, and the awe of spectators admiring the aforementioned.
I have also included a few other early aviation-themed cartoons below. Enjoy.
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