The Flyers of the Hudson
Fly Now: The National Air and Space Museum Poster Collection
Throughout their history, posters have been a significant means of mass communication, often with striking visual effect. Wendy Wick Reaves, the Smithsonian Portrait Gallery Curator of Prints and Drawings, comments that "sometimes a pictorial poster is a decorative masterpiece-something I can't walk by without a jolt of aesthetic pleasure. Another might strike me as extremely clever advertising … But collectively, these 'pictures of persuasion,' as we might call them, offer a wealth of art, history, design, and popular culture for us to understand. The poster is a familiar part of our world, and we intuitively understand its role as propaganda, promotion, announcement, or advertisement."
Reaves' observations are especially relevant for the impressive array of aviation posters in the National Air and Space Museum's 1300+ artifact collection. Quite possibly the largest publicly-held collection of its kind in the United States, the National Air and Space Museum's posters focus primarily on advertising for aviation-related products and activities. Among other areas, the collection includes 19th-century ballooning exhibition posters, early 20th-century airplane exhibition and meet posters, and twentieth-century airline advertisements.
The posters in the collection represent printing technologies that include original lithography, silkscreen, photolithography, and computer-generated imagery. The collection is significant both for its aesthetic value and because it is a unique representation of the cultural, commercial and military history of aviation. The collection represents an intense interest in flight, both public and private, during a significant period of its technological and social development.
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The Flyers of the Hudson. Multicolor illustrated print advertising air travel between New York and Albany. Detailed illustration of a river scene with several passenger boats, a dock, and a grassy shoreline with a biplane flying in the mid-ground. Ships' names, visible on the side of each boat, are the "Robert Fulton," the "Hendrik Hudson," the "Albany," and the "Mary Powell." Full text: at lower left within the image in a red serif font outlined in black, "The Flyers of the Hudson." Within the margin at bottom in black outline and sans-serif fonts, "Hudson River Day Line between New York and Albany."
- Country of Origin
- United States of America
- Hudson River Day Line
- Samuel Ward Stanton, 1870-1912
- circa 1912
- ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
- Poster, Advertising
- 2-D - Unframed (H x W): 55.2 x 83.8cm (21 3/4 in. x 33 in.)