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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  • Deutsche Luft Hansa
    Country of Origin: Germany
    Sponsor: Deutsche Luft Hansa (D.L.H.)
    Artist: Jupp Wiertz, 1888-1939
    Date: 1934-1936
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
  • Deutsche Luft Hansa
    Country of Origin: Germany
    Sponsor: Deutsche Luft Hansa (D.L.H.)
    Artist: Jupp Wiertz, 1888-1939
    Date: 1934-1936
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
  • Deutsche Luft Hansa
    Country of Origin: Germany
    Sponsor: Deutsche Luft Hansa (D.L.H.)
    Artist: Jupp Wiertz, 1888-1939
    Credit Line: Found in Collection. Donor unknown. Cannot be reproduced without permission. Contact information as of 6/27/2005: ingrid.friedl@dlh.de
    Date: 1934-1936
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
  • Deutsche Luft Hansa
    Country of Origin: Germany
    Sponsor: Deutsche Luft Hansa (D.L.H.)
    Artist: Jupp Wiertz, 1888-1939
    Date: 1934-1936
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
  • In 3 Days to South America
    Country of Origin: Germany
    Sponsor: Deutsche Zeppelin Reederei
    Manufacturer: Eschebach and Schaefer
    Artist: Jupp Wiertz, 1888-1939
    Date: 1935-1936
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
  • Deutsche Zepplin-Reederei In 2 Days to North America!
    Country of Origin: Germany
    Sponsor: Deutsche Zeppelin Reederei
    Manufacturer: Eschebach and Schaefer
    Artist: Jupp Wiertz, 1888-1939
    Date: 1937
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
  • Deutsche Luft Hansa
    Country of Origin: Germany
    Sponsor: Deutsche Luft Hansa (D.L.H.)
    Artist: Jupp Wiertz, 1888-1939
    Date: 1931-1933
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
  • Deutsche Luft Hansa
    Country of Origin: Germany
    Sponsor: Deutsche Luft Hansa (D.L.H.)
    Artist: Jupp Wiertz, 1888-1939
    Date: 1931-1933
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
  • Deutsche Luft Hansa
    Country of Origin: Germany
    Sponsor: Deutsche Luft Hansa (D.L.H.)
    Artist: Jupp Wiertz, 1888-1939
    Date: 1931-1933
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
  • Deutsche Luft Hansa
    Country of Origin: Germany
    Sponsor: Deutsche Luft Hansa (D.L.H.)
    Artist: Jupp Wiertz, 1888-1939
    Date: 1931-1933
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
  • Deutsche Zeppelin-Rederei In 2 Days to North America!
    Country of Origin: Germany
    Sponsor: Deutsche Zeppelin Reederei
    Manufacturer: Eschebach and Schaefer
    Artist: Jupp Wiertz, 1888-1939
    Date: 1937
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
  • Deutschlands Flugsport, Deine Zukunft (German sport aviation, your future)
    Country of Origin: Germany
    Artist: Jupp Wiertz, 1888-1939
    Credit Line: Bequest of Melvin Buchner. for copyright information contact: Artist Rights Society, New York
    Date: Circa 1933
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality