Jet-powered wasp: public domain clip-art

The fine Phil Are Go site has done the Internet the favor of close-cropping the jet-powered wasp from a 1952 Saturday Evening Post public domain Shell ad. It's a heck of a nice bit of clip-art!

Pratt & Whitney - A bit waspy.


  1. For being from 1952, the resemblance of the body with the Dyson canister vacuum cleaner is uncanny….

  2. Can someone explain how the ad is public domain and this image is not rights-encumbered? I’m genuinely curious.

  3. Am I the only one who’s recently read “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep”? Deckard! DECKARD! Get out here! Your wasp is back!

  4. Yes, my understanding from the copyright mavens here at work is that the rule of thumb is 1922 or older are likely public domain.

    Images from 1923 or newer could be under copyright.

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