Wanamaker's Travel and Vacation Show

Wanamaker's Travel and Vacation Show

     

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.

Physical Description:
WANAMAKER'S TRAVEL & VACATION SHOW. Multicolor illustrated print on paperboard advertising a travel exhibition. At center, a globe with cruise ship, plane, and train and the North-American continent. At top, a large yellow sun containing text and five small illustrations of people lounging and playing golf. Yellow lines radiate from the sun on a white background. Full text: in blue and red sans-serif font within the yellow sun, "WANAMAKER'S TRAVEL & VACATION SHOW." On a white banner around the globe in red and blue sans-serif font, "MAY 19th TO 16th FIRST FLOOR, SOUTH BUILDING." At bottom in black sans-serif font, "JOHN WANAMAKER NEW YORK WANAMAKER PLACE?NINTH STREET at BROADWAY."

Country of Origin
United States of America

Sponsor
John Wanamaker

Date
1934

Type
ART-Posters, Original Art Quality

Medium
Poster, Advertising
Dimensions
2-D - Unframed (H x W): 68.6 x 53.3cm (27 x 21 in.)

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.

Physical Description:
WANAMAKER'S TRAVEL & VACATION SHOW. Multicolor illustrated print on paperboard advertising a travel exhibition. At center, a globe with cruise ship, plane, and train and the North-American continent. At top, a large yellow sun containing text and five small illustrations of people lounging and playing golf. Yellow lines radiate from the sun on a white background. Full text: in blue and red sans-serif font within the yellow sun, "WANAMAKER'S TRAVEL & VACATION SHOW." On a white banner around the globe in red and blue sans-serif font, "MAY 19th TO 16th FIRST FLOOR, SOUTH BUILDING." At bottom in black sans-serif font, "JOHN WANAMAKER NEW YORK WANAMAKER PLACE?NINTH STREET at BROADWAY."

Country of Origin
United States of America

Sponsor
John Wanamaker

Date
1934

Type
ART-Posters, Original Art Quality

Medium
Poster, Advertising
Dimensions
2-D - Unframed (H x W): 68.6 x 53.3cm (27 x 21 in.)

ID: A19900894000