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.

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  • Riviera Express
    Country of Origin: France
    Manufacturer: Creation "Publix"
    Artist: Edmond Maurus
    Sponsor: Societe Air France
    Date: circa 1930
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
  • Riviera Express
    Country of Origin: France
    Manufacturer: Creation "Publix"
    Artist: Edmond Maurus
    Sponsor: Societe Air France
    Date: circa 1930
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
  • Paris Stamboul in the Same Day
    Country of Origin: France
    Sponsor: Air France, 1933--
    Artist: Edmond Maurus
    Date: circa 1933
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
  • Paris in the Same Day Stamboul
    Country of Origin: France
    Sponsor: Air France, 1933--
    Artist: Edmond Maurus
    Date: circa 1933
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
  • Golden Ray
    Country of Origin: France
    Sponsor: Air Union
    Manufacturer: Creation "Publix"
    Artist: Edmond Maurus
    Date: 1927
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
  • Rapid Azur
    Country of Origin: France
    Sponsor: Air Union
    Manufacturer: Creation "Publix"
    Artist: Edmond Maurus
    Date: circa 1930
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
  • Paris in the Same Day Stamboul
    Country of Origin: France
    Sponsor: CIDNA (Compagnie Internationale de Navigation Aérienne)
    Artist: Edmond Maurus
    Date: 1931
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
  • Paris In the Same Day Stamboul
    Country of Origin: France
    Sponsor: CIDNA (Compagnie Internationale de Navigation Aérienne)
    Artist: Edmond Maurus
    Date: 1931
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
  • Air Union Golden Ray
    Country of Origin: France
    Sponsor: Air Union
    Manufacturer: Creation "Publix"
    Artist: Edmond Maurus
    Date: 1927
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
  • Air Union Golden Ray
    Country of Origin: France
    Sponsor: Air Union
    Manufacturer: Creation "Publix"
    Artist: Edmond Maurus
    Date: 1927
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
  • Air Union Thalassa
    Country of Origin: France
    Sponsor: Air Union
    Artist: Edmond Maurus
    Manufacturer: Publix Gerin
    Date: 1927
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
  • Air Union Thalassa
    Country of Origin: France
    Sponsor: Air Union
    Artist: Edmond Maurus
    Manufacturer: Publix Gerin
    Date: circa 1927
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality