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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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Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Pilot

Beverly "Bevo" Howard, 1914-1971

Sponsor

Estill American Legion Post No. 131

Other

Ralph James Greenwood

Medium

Poster, Advertising, Air Shows and Races

Dimensions

2-D - Unframed (H x W): 35.6 x 24.8cm (14 in. x 9 3/4 in.)

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Country of Origin

United States of America

Date

October 5, 1947

Physical Description

Promotes pilot Beverly Howard, flying his "Tricky Planes," and Ralph Greenwood. "World Famous Dare Devil," performing his delayed parachute jump at the Estill Municipal Airport. Full text: First Annual Air Circus; October 5, 1947; 2:30 P.M.; Aerobatic Champions Beverly Howard, (Two times aerobatic champion, flying His nationally known Tricky Planes.) World Famous Dare Devil Ralph Greenwood, Delayed Parachute Jump; Estill Municipal Airport; Two Miles South on Highway No. 5; Parking space available for white and colored

Type

ART-Posters, Original Art Quality

Inventory Number

A19900396000

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