The Aerial Age Begins
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Photo of Plane
A Short Life
As the world embraced aviation, it did not take long for the airplane to become part of popular culture.
Flight motifs began to appear on jewelry, clocks, games, decorative boxes, postcards, and the like.

The airplane had important cultural implications from the moment it appeared. Artists, writers, and composers found powerful inspiration in aviation. For them the invention of mechanical flight was an aesthetic event, which they believed would have great influence on the new century’s artistic, even moral, direction.

The invention of the airplane coincided with the advent of several of the 20th century’s defining artistic and intellectual movements. Flight was perhaps the ultimate signal that a new, modern age had begun.

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