Precisely why this dart-taloned bird was chosen to promote Braniff’s service to Havana remains a mystery. Try as we might, we weren’t unable to unlock the significance of its presence. It in no way resembles the Cuban national bird-the tocororo, chosen for its nationalistic coloration of its plumage and its resistance to captivity. It certainly does get your attention. And once that’s secured, then the next logical step would be choosing Braniff as the airline of choice for a Cuban getaway.
Braniff International started life in 1930 as Braniff Airways from the former Braniff Airlines that began two years earlier in 1928. Its first scheduled service was between Tulsa and Oklahoma City. The airline steadily grew, taking over other small airlines as it went. The new name of Braniff International was taken up in 1948 after new routes were established to Havana and Lima, Peru. Braniff ceased operations in the late 1980s. However, at the time of this poster’s production, the airline was in it’s heyday. And to that end, an anonymous posterist calls upon the talents of a conga-playing native to drum up a little Braniff business.