Auto Racingby Ernest Montaut
Clement Bayard Auto Airships
Vintage French WWI car racing with an observation blimp.Painter, illustrator and graphic artist, Montaut was one of the first to specialize in automobiles. Here, a vintage auto company involved in the defense efforts of World War I uses the opportunity to do a bit of patriotic boasting-and indulges in a fantasy about air travel. Stationary blimps were used in WWI for observation and to confuse enemy planes, but no speeding airship such as the one depicted here existed at the time. The big red letters at top also ran as Bayard alone in another printing of this image.