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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:
Train speeds out of the poster toward the viewer, airplane flies overhead, two South African children stand by tracks; one waves a handkerchief at the train; yellow, red, and brown ink on paper; airplane seems to be a Junkers Ju 52/3m although its registration number, ZS-ABU, does not match the Junkers list of such airplanes.

Country of Origin
South Africa

Artist
HCL
Sponsor
South African Railways and Airways
Manufacturer
The Government Printer

Date
circa 1934

Type
ART-Posters, Original Art Quality

Medium
Poster, Advertising, Commercial Aviation
Dimensions
2-D - Unframed (H x W): 101.6 x 63.5cm (40 x 25 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:
Train speeds out of the poster toward the viewer, airplane flies overhead, two South African children stand by tracks; one waves a handkerchief at the train; yellow, red, and brown ink on paper; airplane seems to be a Junkers Ju 52/3m although its registration number, ZS-ABU, does not match the Junkers list of such airplanes.

Country of Origin
South Africa

Artist
HCL
Sponsor
South African Railways and Airways
Manufacturer
The Government Printer

Date
circa 1934

Type
ART-Posters, Original Art Quality

Medium
Poster, Advertising, Commercial Aviation
Dimensions
2-D - Unframed (H x W): 101.6 x 63.5cm (40 x 25 in.)

ID: A19900672000