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- Physical Description
- Image of the bombing (by Bristol Blenheims) in daylight of the power station at Knapsack, Germany by the Royal Air Force. Relief Halftone/Screen print.
- 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.
- Data Source
- National Air and Space Museum
- Chromoworks Ltd.
- James Gardner, 1908-1995
- Royal Australian Air Force
- Credit Line
- Donated by Mrs. Mary E. "Mother" Tusch
- Poster, Military Aviation
- 2-D - Unframed (H x W): 76.2 × 50.2cm (2 ft. 6 in. × 1 ft. 7 3/4 in.)
- ART-Posters, Original Art Quality