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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  • Golden Clipper
    Country of Origin: France
    Sponsor: Air France, 1933--
    Artist: Albert Solon, 1897-1973
    Date: 1933
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
  • Golden Clipper
    Country of Origin: France
    Sponsor: Air France, 1933--
    Artist: Albert Solon, 1897-1973
    Date: 1933
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
  • Air France Marseille Iles Baleares Alger en 5 Heures
    Country of Origin: France
    Sponsor: Air France, 1933--
    Artist: Albert Solon, 1897-1973
    Date: 1934
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
  • Air France
    Country of Origin: France
    Sponsor: Air France, 1933--
    Artist: Albert Solon, 1897-1973
    Date: circa 1934
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
  • Air France Ala Littoria
    Country of Origin: France
    Sponsor: Air France, 1933--
    Ala Littoria, Italy, 1934 - 1939
    Artist: Albert Solon, 1897-1973
    Manufacturer: France-Affiches
    Date: circa 1934
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
  • Air France L.A.P.E.
    Country of Origin: France
    Sponsor: Air France, 1933--
    Artist: Albert Solon, 1897-1973
    Manufacturer: France-Affiches
    Sponsor: L.A.P.E. (Lineas Aereas Postales Espanolas), Spain, 1936
    Date: 1936
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
  • Air France L.A.P.E.
    Country of Origin: France
    Sponsor: Air France, 1933--
    Artist: Albert Solon, 1897-1973
    Manufacturer: France-Affiches
    Sponsor: L.A.P.E. (Lineas Aereas Postales Espanolas), Spain, 1936
    Date: 1936
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
  • Lignes Farman
    Country of Origin: France
    Artist: Albert Solon, 1897-1973
    Sponsor: Lignes Aériennes Farman, 1919-1933
    Date: 1932
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
  • Farman
    Country of Origin: France
    Artist: Albert Solon, 1897-1973
    Sponsor: Lignes Aériennes Farman, 1919-1933
    Manufacturer: Publicite West
    Date: 1926
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
  • Farman-Sabena Baltic Air Express
    Country of Origin: France
    Artist: Albert Solon, 1897-1973
    Sponsor: Lignes Aériennes Farman, 1919-1933
    Sabena (Belgian World Airlines), 1923-2001
    Date: circa 1931
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
  • Farman Lignes Aeriennes
    Country of Origin: France
    Artist: Albert Solon, 1897-1973
    Sponsor: Lignes Aériennes Farman, 1919-1933
    Manufacturer: Publicité Ch. Egl. Imp.
    Date: 1928-1933
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
  • Air France L.A.P.E.
    Country of Origin: France
    Sponsor: Air France, 1933--
    Artist: Albert Solon, 1897-1973
    Manufacturer: France-Affiches
    Sponsor: L.A.P.E. (Lineas Aereas Postales Espanolas), Spain, 1936
    Date: 1936
    Type: ART-Posters, Original Art Quality