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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.
Photograph of three different atheletic shoes. At top, running shoe sports Lufthansa logo and "td.pro" on sole, in-line skate has logo and td.X, speed skate has logo and td.flash. Yellow background, blue text box at top, white text box below.
Full text: "In business, there are the quick and the dead. That's why we're introducing new, faster, time definite services on April 1, 1998: td.Pro, td.X and td.Flash. One faster than the other and each offering clearly defined acceptance and availability times. You'll be able to plan with greater reliability and efficiency and, at the same time, benefit from a decisvie time advantage. Get into the fast lane and contact your local Lufthansa Cargo office today.
Thinking in new directions."
- Country of Origin
- Lufthansa Airlines
- ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
- Poster, Air Mail
- 2-D - Unframed (H x W): 83.8 x 59.2cm (33 in. x 23 5/16 in.)