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Medium:
Poster, Military Aviation
Dimensions:
2-D - Unframed (H x W): 55.9 × 34.6cm (1 ft. 10 in. × 1 ft. 1 5/8 in.)
Type:
ART-Posters, Original Art Quality
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Date:
circa 1941
Physical Description:
Let's go MILWAUKEE. Multicolor, screen print from the WWII era, recruiting for the United States Navy, by illustrator Werner Kreuter. Against a blue background, a pilot stepping into a plane waves to an unseen audience. Two partially displayed planes are in flight and the nose of another plane appears to be on the ground. Six-colored print: orange, yellow, blue, brown, grey, and white. Full text: "Let's go MILWAUKEE" in white sans-serif font at top, "ENLIST TODAY" in yellow and brown sans-serif lettering is on the left, and at bottom, "Your Own NAVAL ? AVIATION SQUADRON" in two hand-lettered fonts in brown and blue. W. KREUTER printed in small white capitals at the horizon line.
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.
Copyright Disclosure for Orphaned Works
Whenever possible, the museum provides factual information about copyright owners and related matters in its records and other texts related to the collections. For many of the images in this collection, some of which were created for or by corporate entities that no longer exist, the museum does not own any copyrights. Therefore, it generally does not grant or deny permission to copy, distribute or otherwise use material in this collection. If identified, permission and possible fees may be required from the copyright owner independently of the museum. It is the user's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other use restrictions when copying, distributing or otherwise using materials found in the museum's collections. Transmission or reproduction of protected materials beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Users must make their own assessments of rights in light of their intended use.
If you have any more information about an item you've seen in the Fly Now: The National Air and Space Museum Poster Collection, or if you are a copyright owner and believe we have not properly attributed your work to you or have used it without permission, we want to hear from you. Please contact pisanod@si.edu with your contact information and a link to the relevant content.
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Credit Line:
Bequest of Melvin Buchner.
Inventory Number:
A20000586000
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum
GUID:
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EDAN-URL:
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