Death in the Cockpit

Death in the Cockpit

     

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.

Bequest of Melvin Buchner.

Physical Description:
Lobby poster for movie: scuffle in front of airplane in photograph, legend on left. Full text: "Death in the Cockpit, Based upon the radio serial 'Captain Midnight,' Chapter 13 of the gun-roaring chapter show. This advertising is the property of Columbia Pictures Corporation and is leased pursuant to an agreement for use only in connection with the exhibition of the above motion picture and prohibiting its sublease or resale. Copyrighted by Columbia Pictures Corp., New York, N.Y., 1942."

Country of Origin
United States of America

Sponsor
Columbia Pictures Corp.

Date
1942

Type
ART-Posters, Original Art Quality

Medium
Poster, Advertising, Movie
Dimensions
2-D - In Frame (H x W x D): 26.4 x 34cm (10 3/8 x 13 3/8 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.

Bequest of Melvin Buchner.

Physical Description:
Lobby poster for movie: scuffle in front of airplane in photograph, legend on left. Full text: "Death in the Cockpit, Based upon the radio serial 'Captain Midnight,' Chapter 13 of the gun-roaring chapter show. This advertising is the property of Columbia Pictures Corporation and is leased pursuant to an agreement for use only in connection with the exhibition of the above motion picture and prohibiting its sublease or resale. Copyrighted by Columbia Pictures Corp., New York, N.Y., 1942."

Country of Origin
United States of America

Sponsor
Columbia Pictures Corp.

Date
1942

Type
ART-Posters, Original Art Quality

Medium
Poster, Advertising, Movie
Dimensions
2-D - In Frame (H x W x D): 26.4 x 34cm (10 3/8 x 13 3/8 in.)

ID: A20000538000