This object is on display in the The Wright Brothers & The Invention of the Aerial Age exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.
Collection Item Summary:
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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National Air and Space Museum
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Poster, Advertising, Air Shows and Races
- 2-D - Unframed (H x W): 210 x 99.1cm (82 11/16 in. x 39 in.)
- Framed: 85-3/4" H x 40" W x 1-1/2" D
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Country of Origin
United States of America
International AVIATION Tournament Belmont Park. Blue and yellow print on white background advertising an aviation tournament. An early biplane is superimposed over a sun with yellow lines radiating from it. Full text in a blue serif lettering: "International AVIATION Tournament Belmont Park October 22. to 30. 130 P.M.daily." Artist's signature reproduced at lower left: "I FRIES." Logo at bottom right, "American LITHO. CO. N.Y." Additional inscription at lower edge.
ART-Posters, Original Art Quality