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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  • Braniff International Airways Latin America
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Artist: Bicine
    Sponsor: Braniff International Airways Co.
    Credit Line: All Logos and Trademarks still belong to "The Braniff trust," appointed by the U.S. Courts. Call Texas clearing house of Braniff International Airlines, Inc. (817) 571-6669
    Date: 1949
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
  • Peru It's Braniff
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Sponsor: Braniff International Airways Co.
    Credit Line: All Logos and Trademarks still belong to "The Braniff trust," appointed by the U.S. Courts. Call Texas clearing house of Braniff International Airlines, Inc. (817) 571-6669
    Date: 1953
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
  • Rio It's Braniff
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Sponsor: Braniff International Airways Co.
    Credit Line: All Logos and Trademarks still belong to "The Braniff trust," appointed by the U.S. Courts. Call Texas clearing house of Braniff International Airlines, Inc. (817) 571-6669
    Date: 1951
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
  • Panama It's Braniff
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Sponsor: Braniff International Airways Co.
    Credit Line: All Logos and Trademarks still belong to "The Braniff trust," appointed by the U.S. Courts. Call Texas clearing house of Braniff International Airlines, Inc. (817) 571-6669
    Date: 1953
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
  • Braniff International
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Sponsor: Braniff International Airways Co.
    Credit Line: All Logos and Trademarks still belong to "The Braniff trust," appointed by the U.S. Courts. Call Texas clearing house of Braniff International Airlines, Inc. (817) 571-6669
    Date: circa 1978
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
  • Braniff International Let's Put Our Colors On the Line June 14-July 4, 1976
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Sponsor: Braniff International Airways Co.
    Credit Line: All Logos and Trademarks still belong to "The Braniff trust," appointed by the U.S. Courts. Call Texas clearing house of Braniff International Airlines, Inc. (817) 571-6669
    Date: 1975-1976
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
  • Braniff Seoul
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Sponsor: Braniff International Airways Co.
    Credit Line: All Logos and Trademarks still belong to "The Braniff trust," appointed by the U.S. Courts. Call Texas clearing house of Braniff International Airlines, Inc. (817) 571-6669
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
  • Braniff Singapore
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Sponsor: Braniff International Airways Co.
    Credit Line: All Logos and Trademarks still belong to "The Braniff trust," appointed by the U.S. Courts. Call Texas clearing house of Braniff International Airlines, Inc. (817) 571-6669
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
  • Braniff Washington
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Sponsor: Braniff International Airways Co.
    Credit Line: All Logos and Trademarks still belong to "The Braniff trust," appointed by the U.S. Courts. Call Texas clearing house of Braniff International Airlines, Inc. (817) 571-6669
    Date: circa 1982
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
  • Braniff International Acapulco
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Sponsor: Braniff International Airways Co.
    Credit Line: All Logos and Trademarks still belong to "The Braniff trust," appointed by the U.S. Courts. Call Texas clearing house of Braniff International Airlines, Inc. (817) 571-6669
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
  • Braniff International Panama
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Sponsor: Braniff International Airways Co.
    Artist: Harvey Lloyd
    Credit Line: All Logos and Trademarks still belong to "The Braniff trust," appointed by the U.S. Courts. Call Texas clearing house of Braniff International Airlines, Inc. (817) 571-6669
    Date: 1968
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
  • Braniff International Bolivia
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Sponsor: Braniff International Airways Co.
    Artist: Harvey Lloyd
    Credit Line: All Logos and Trademarks still belong to "The Braniff trust," appointed by the U.S. Courts. Call Texas clearing house of Braniff International Airlines, Inc. (817) 571-6669
    Date: 1968
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality