Poster, Military Aviation

Poster, Military Aviation

     

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.

COPYRIGHT MILITARFLUGDIENST/PATROUILLE SUISSE

Physical Description:
Color photographic print depicting six military aircraft flying in formation over the Swiss Alps. Full text at bottom left in small black type: "© Militärflugdienst / Patrouille Suisse Printed in Switzerland."

Country of Origin
Switzerland

Sponsor
Militarflugdienst/Patroulille Suisse

Date
circa 1955-1965

Type
ART-Posters, Original Art Quality

Medium
Poster, Military Aviation
Dimensions
2-D - Unframed (H x W): 59.1 x 41.9cm (23 1/4 x 16 1/2 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.

COPYRIGHT MILITARFLUGDIENST/PATROUILLE SUISSE

Physical Description:
Color photographic print depicting six military aircraft flying in formation over the Swiss Alps. Full text at bottom left in small black type: "© Militärflugdienst / Patrouille Suisse Printed in Switzerland."

Country of Origin
Switzerland

Sponsor
Militarflugdienst/Patroulille Suisse

Date
circa 1955-1965

Type
ART-Posters, Original Art Quality

Medium
Poster, Military Aviation
Dimensions
2-D - Unframed (H x W): 59.1 x 41.9cm (23 1/4 x 16 1/2 in.)

ID: A19900788000