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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  • Sabena Belgian World Airlines Holiday Abroad Extra City Plans
    Country of Origin: Belgium
    Sponsor: Sabena (Belgian World Airlines), 1923-2001
    Credit Line: National Air and Space Museum
    Date: 1961-1962
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
  • Farman-Sabena Baltic Air Express
    Country of Origin: France
    Artist: Albert Solon, 1897-1973
    Sponsor: Lignes AĆ©riennes Farman, 1919-1933
    Sabena (Belgian World Airlines), 1923-2001
    Date: circa 1931
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
  • Sabena Belgian World Airlines Fun...Brussels Helicopter...Paris
    Country of Origin: Belgium
    Sponsor: Sabena (Belgian World Airlines), 1923-2001
    Date: 1957
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
  • Sabena Belgian Air Line
    Country of Origin: Belgium
    Sponsor: Sabena (Belgian World Airlines), 1923-2001
    Date: circa 1930
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
  • Sabena Belgian Air Line
    Country of Origin: Belgium
    Sponsor: Sabena (Belgian World Airlines), 1923-2001
    Date: circa 1930
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
  • Sabena Belgian Air Line
    Country of Origin: Belgium
    Sponsor: Sabena (Belgian World Airlines), 1923-2001
    Date: circa 1930
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
  • Sabena Belgian Air Lines The Baltic Air Express
    Country of Origin: Belgium
    Artist: Jacques Ochs, 1883-1971
    Sponsor: Sabena (Belgian World Airlines), 1923-2001
    Date: 1930
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
  • Nord Air Express Air France-Sabena
    Country of Origin: France
    Sponsor: Air France, 1933--
    Artist: M. Cros
    Sponsor: Northern Air Express, 1936 - 1939
    Sabena (Belgian World Airlines), 1923-2001
    Date: circa 1937
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
  • Sabena Belgian Air Lines
    Country of Origin: Belgium
    Artist: Jacques Ochs, 1883-1971
    Sponsor: Sabena (Belgian World Airlines), 1923-2001
    Manufacturer: Schaumans
    Date: 1930
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
  • Sabena Belgian Airlines
    Country of Origin: Belgium
    Artist: L. Keizer
    Sponsor: Sabena (Belgian World Airlines), 1923-2001
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
  • Sabena Belgian Air Lines
    Country of Origin: Belgium
    Artist: L. Keizer
    Sponsor: Sabena (Belgian World Airlines), 1923-2001
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
  • Book Here for the Belgian Air Lines Sabena
    Country of Origin: Belgium
    Manufacturer: Rob Otten (?)
    Sponsor: Sabena (Belgian World Airlines), 1923-2001
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality