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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  • SAS Scandinavian Airlines The SAS Fleet
    Country of Origin: Sweden
    Artist: Alf Lannerback
    Sponsor: Scandinavian Airlines System
    Publisher: Sky Market Promotion AB
    Credit Line: Donated by Scandanavian Airline System
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
  • SAS Scandinavian Airlines SAS is Scandinavia
    Country of Origin: Sweden
    Sponsor: Scandinavian Airlines System
    Manufacturer: Skymarket Promotion AB (Sormlands Grufiska AB)
    Credit Line: Donated by Scandanavian Airline System
    Date: circa 1979
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
  • SAS Scandinavian Airlines
    Country of Origin: Sweden
    Sponsor: Scandinavian Airlines System
    Manufacturer: Skymarket Promotion AB (Sormlands Grufiska AB)
    Credit Line: Donated by Scandanavian Airline System
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
  • SAS Scandinavian Airlines
    Country of Origin: Sweden
    Sponsor: Scandinavian Airlines System
    Manufacturer: Skymarket Promotion AB (Billes)
    Credit Line: Donated by Scandanavian Airline System
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
  • Africa SAS
    Country of Origin: Sweden
    Artist: Otto Nielsen, 1916-
    Sponsor: Scandinavian Airlines System
    Credit Line: Copyright SAS. Donated by Roger Bentley.
    Date: circa 1960
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
  • Africa by SAS
    Country of Origin: Sweden
    Artist: Otto Nielsen, 1916-
    Sponsor: Scandinavian Airlines System
    Credit Line: Copyright SAS. Donated by Roger Bentley.
    Date: circa 1953
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
  • Far East SAS
    Country of Origin: Sweden
    Artist: Otto Nielsen, 1916-
    Sponsor: Scandinavian Airlines System
    Credit Line: Copyright SAS. Donated by Roger Bentley.
    Date: circa 1960
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
  • SAS Some travel in their minds. Some travel in their hearts. Welcome to the third choice.
    Country of Origin: Sweden
    Sponsor: Scandinavian Airlines System
    Credit Line: Copyright SAS. Donated by Roger Bentley.
    Date: 1999
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
  • Scandinavian Airlines
    Country of Origin: Sweden
    Sponsor: Scandinavian Airlines System
    Credit Line: Copyright SAS. Donated by Roger Bentley.
    Date: circa 2003
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
  • Scandinavian Airlines
    Country of Origin: Sweden
    Sponsor: Scandinavian Airlines System
    Credit Line: Copyright SAS. Donated by Roger Bentley.
    Date: 2001-2002
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
  • SAS
    Country of Origin: Sweden
    Sponsor: Scandinavian Airlines System
    Credit Line: Copyright SAS. Donated by Roger Bentley.
    Date: 1999
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
  • SAS "We may be flying through several time zones. Regardless- we'll try to be timeless"
    Country of Origin: Sweden
    Sponsor: Scandinavian Airlines System
    Credit Line: Copyright SAS. Donated by Roger Bentley.
    Date: circa 1999
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality