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Philip Guston's mural Work - the American way at the 1939 New York World's Fair

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Photographer:
Robbins, David
Subject:
Works Progress Administration
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1939 May 4
Place of publication, production, or execution:
No place, unknown, or undetermined
Physical Description:
1 photographic print : b&w ; 20 x 25 cm.
Summary:
Identification on attachment (typewritten): This mural by Philip Guston at the entrance of the WPA Community Building at the World's Fair is a symbol to convey the idea of "WPA in its relationship to the community", executed under the direction of the Federal Art Project, it serves to announce the theme of the other murals within the building.
Note on verso identifies Robbins as photographer, working for Federal Art Project, W.P.A., Photographic Division.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution Washington, D.C. 20560
Topic:
Murals
New deal art
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)11189
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Hugo Gellert papers, 1916-1986
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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A life class for adults at the Brooklyn Museum, under the auspice of the New York City WPA Art Project

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Subject:
United States. Works Progress Administration
United States. Works Projects Administration
Works Progress Administration
Great Depression
Type:
Photographs
Place:
Brooklyn, N.Y.
Date:
ca. 1935
Place of publication, production, or execution:
No place, unknown, or undetermined
Physical Description:
1 photographic print : b&w ; 20 x 26 cm.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution Washington, D.C. 20560
Topic:
Art--Study and teaching
Federal aid to the arts
New Deal, 1933-1939
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)11039
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Federal Art Project, Photographic Division collection, circa 1920-1965, bulk 1935-1942
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Archives of American Art
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Oral history interview with Philip Guston, 1965 January 29

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Interviewee:
Guston, Philip, 1913-1980
Interviewer:
Trovato, Joseph S., 1912-1983
Subject:
Marsh, Reginald
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project
Works Progress Administration
University of Iowa
Place of publication, production, or execution:
Vermont
Physical Description:
Transcript: 5 pages
Access Note / Rights:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Summary:
Interview of Philip Guston conducted on January 29, 1965, by Joseph Trovato, in the artist's home in Woodstock, New York, for the Archives of American Art's New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project.
Guston briefly provides biographical information and spends the remainder of his time speaking of his experiences working on the Mural Project (PWAP) in Los Angeles; his move to New York working under Reginald Marsh as a non-relief artist; his multiple mural projects in New York (Penn Station Subway, Queensbridge Housing Project, WPA Mural for the World's Fair, etc.); his success in WPA Fine Arts competitions; his move to Woodstock, Vermont; his time spent teaching at the University of Iowa; his many influences (Renaissance, Modern and Abstract Painters); his personal/professional feelings about the WPA as well as his political feelings about it.
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Philip Guston, 1965 January 29. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
Transcript also available as a digital file at http://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/oralhistories/transcripts/guston65.htm
Location of Originals:
Location of original tape unknown.
Biography Note:
Philip Guston (1913-1980) was a painter in both New York and Los Angeles.
Provenance:
Conducted as part of the Archives of American Art's New Deal and the Arts project, which includes over 400 interviews of artists, administrators, historians, and others involved with the federal government's art programs and the activities of the Farm Security Administration in the 1930s and early 1940s.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Federal aid to the arts
Interviews
Muralists
Painters
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12053
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213536
AAA_collcode_guston65
Theme:
New Deal
Data Source:
Archives of American Art

Artists on WPA

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Artist:
Moses Soyer, born Borisoglebsk, Russia 1899-died New York City 1974
Medium:
oil on canvas
Dimensions:
36 1/8 x 42 1/8 in. (91.7 x 107.0 cm.)
Type:
Painting
Date:
1935
Topic:
Figure group
Occupation\art\painter
Figure group\artist and model
History\United States\Depression Era
Figure(s) in interior\studio
New Deal\Works Progress Administration, Federal Art Project\New York City
Object\furniture\chair
Object\art tool\palette
Object\art tool\artist's brush
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Moses Soyer
Object number:
1968.61
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
On View:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, 1st Floor, South Wing
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum

Untitled (detail of figure: historic survey panel, mural study, Cultural Activities of the WPA, WPA Building, New York World's Fair, 1939)

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Artist:
Anton Refregier, born Moscow, Russia 1905-died Moscow, Russia 1979
Medium:
oil on paper
Dimensions:
sight 53 1/2 x 47 1/2 in. (38.5 x 20.7 cm.)
Type:
Painting
Date:
1939
Topic:
Figure male
Study
Miscellaneous\mural
New Deal\Works Progress Administration, Federal Art Project\New York City
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Lila Refregier
Object number:
1979.45.8
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Oral history interview with Don Freeman, 1965 June 4

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Interviewee:
Freeman, Don, 1908-1978
Interviewer:
McGlynn, Betty Lochrie Hoag, 1914-2002
Subject:
Henri, Robert
Marsh, Reginald
Pollock, Jackson
Sloan, John French
Tolegian, Manuel J. (Manuel Jerair)
Wickey, Harry
Art Students League (New York, N.Y.)
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project
Works Progress Administration
Place of publication, production, or execution:
California
Physical Description:
Sound recording: 1 sound tape reel ; 5 in.
Transcript: 19 p.
General Note:
An unrelated interview of Ben Messick conducted by B. Hoag McGlynn is also on this tape.
Access Note / Rights:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Summary:
Interview of Don Freeman conducted 1965 June 4, by Betty Hoag McGlynn, for the Archives of American Art, in his home, in Santa Barbara, Calif. Freeman speaks of his childhood in San Diego with his guardian; his high school years spent in St. Louis at a public school Prineipia (and his teacher Kathryn Cherry); the knowledge of his artistic destiny as a child; his move to New York City in 1929; his time spent working as an unbooked trumpet player for jazz orchestras on Broadway; his formative years at the Art Students League under the guidance of John Sloan;
the influence of Robert Henri and "Art Spirit;" his decision to do illustrations for the theater section of the Herald Tribune of ongoing performances; his time spent studying with Harry Wickey (etcher and sculptor); his relationship and marriage to wife Lydia as well as description of life in downtown Manhattan immediately following the stock market crash ; time at Art Students League studying along side with Jackson Pollock, Manuel Tolegian, Whitney Darrel; his decision to work for the WPA in
the graphics department completing lithographs (1933-1934); "Freedom of the Press," a painting completed around the same time and the possible influence of Reginald Marsh; his interest in a project called "Paint for the People" (a public works project for the New York Subway system); time spent illustrating for the WPA theater magazine "The Living Magazine;" his opinions concerning acetate and stone as well as the use of mezzotint; his personal magazine which he published for four years (name unknown); a general summary of his feelings towards the WPA as an artistic force; his separation from the Union Uprisings due to his success within the program;
his work on "Our Flying Navy" a series of illustrations (now compiled as a book) used for advertisement for the Navy; his participation in the Association of American Artists before his term spent in the Army during WWII; his budding career as a children's books writer and illustrator (Barton Press); his illustrations for William Soroyan"s The Human Comedy; his move back west and his son Roy; and his current occupation of giving "Chalk Talks" around the country, speaking with students about art, music, theater.
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Don Freeman, 1965 June 4. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Biography Note:
Don Freeman (1908-1978) was an Illustrator from New York, N.Y. Went to New York City at the age of 21. Studied with John Sloan and Harry Wickey at the Art Students League.
Provenance:
Conducted as part of the Archives of American Art's New Deal and the Arts project, which includes over 400 interviews of artists, administrators, historians, and others involved with the federal government's art programs and the activities of the Farm Security Administration in the 1930s and early 1940s.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Art
Artists' materials
Federal aid to the arts
Illustration of books
Illustrators
Interviews
Prints
Sound recordings
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12155
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213458
AAA_collcode_freema65
Theme:
New Deal
Data Source:
Archives of American Art

First Color Study, Exhibition Hall, Community Center, New York World's Fair (perspective sketch for mural, Cultural Activities in the WPA, WPA Building)

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Artist:
Anton Refregier, born Moscow, Russia 1905-died Moscow, Russia 1979
Medium:
oil and pencil on paperboard
Dimensions:
sheet: 20 x 15 1/8 in. (50.8 x 38.3 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
1938
Topic:
Figure group
Study
History\United States\1939 World's Fair
New Deal\Works Progress Administration, Federal Art Project\New York City
Architecture Interior\civic\community center
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist
Object number:
1979.45.7
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Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum

Oral history interview with Margery Hoffman Smith, 1964 April 10

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Interviewee:
Smith, Margery Hoffman, 1888-1981
Interviewer:
Ferbrache, Lewis
Subject:
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project
Timberline Lodge (Mount Hood, Or.)
Works Progress Administration
Place of publication, production, or execution:
California
Physical Description:
Transcript: 45 pages.
General Note:
Originally recorded 2 sound tape reels. Reformated in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 2 min.
Access Note / Rights:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Summary:
An interview of Margery Hoffman Smith conducted 1964 April 10, by Lewis Ferbraché, for the Archives of American Art, at the artist's home, in San Francisco, California.
Discusses her involvement with the design of Timberline Lodge in Oregon for the Works Progress Administration.
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Margery Hoffman Smith, 1964 April 10. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Funding:
Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.
Biography Note:
Margery Hoffman Smith (1888-1981) was a painter, craftsman, and interior decorator from San Francisco, California. Timberline is a ski lodge in Oregon which was built under the authority of the WPA in the 1940s; Smith contributed to its design.
Provenance:
Conducted as part of the Archives of American Art's New Deal and the Arts project, which includes over 400 interviews of artists, administrators, historians, and others involved with the federal government's art programs and the activities of the Farm Security Administration in the 1930s and early 1940s.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Arts administrators
Building designers
Federal aid to the arts
Interviews
Sound recordings
Women artists
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12782
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213841
AAA_collcode_smith64apr
Theme:
Craft
New Deal
Women
Architecture & Design
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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Oral history interview with Dale Goss, 1965 June 2

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Interviewee:
Goss, Dale M., 1910-
Interviewer:
Bestor, Dorothy K., 1913-
Subject:
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project
Place of publication, production, or execution:
Washington (State)
Physical Description:
Sound recordings: 1 sound tape reel ; 5 in.
Transcript: 20 p.
Summary:
An interview of Dale Goss conducted 1965 June 2, by Dorothy Bestor, for the Archives of American Art New Deal and the Arts Project.
Goss talks about the Works Progress Administration (WPA) Project, the involvement of the government and Federal support for art and schools, the importance of art in society (including the dramatic arts), teaching and the active love of art, the worth of "living art" in today's society, the artists involved in the WPA Project, the loss of independence in artists of the time, his experience during the Depression, Federal leadership in the arts, and the organization of artists through the formation of the Allied Arts Council. He recalls Kenneth Callahan, Bill Cumming, Jacob Elshin, Carl Morris, Lubin Petric, Mark Tobey, and others.
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Dale Goss, 1965 June 2. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Biography Note:
Dale Goss (1910-) is an art administrator and painter from Seattle, Wash.
Provenance:
This interview conducted as part of the Archives of American Art's New Deal and the Arts project, which includes over 400 interviews of artists, administrators, historians, and others involved with the federal government's art programs and the activities of the Farm Security Administration in the 1930s and early 1940s.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Arts administrators
Federal aid to the arts
Interviews
Painters
Sound recordings
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11794
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213493
AAA_collcode_goss65
Theme:
New Deal
Data Source:
Archives of American Art

Insignia, 6th Pursuit Squadron, United States Army Air Corps

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Sponsor:
Works Progress Administration
Materials:
Overall: Enamel on Masonite Board
Dimensions:
2-D - Unframed (H x W): 61 x 61cm (24 x 24 in.)
Type:
AWARDS-Insignia
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Physical Description:
United States Army Air Corps (USAAC); 6th Pursuit Squadron insignia; blue masonite board with yellow circle' in its middle is a skull and rotating propeller blades around it.
Summary:
This series of United States Army Air Corps and United States Navy insignia was sponsored by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) Art Program. Paul Garber directed the painting of these insignia. They were originally on display in the aeronautical section of the Smithsonian "Tin Shed".
Credit Line:
Sponsored by the Works Progress Administration
Inventory Number:
A19360057002
Rights:
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
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National Air and Space Museum Collection
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National Air and Space Museum

Insignia, 96th Bombardment Squadron, United States Army Air Corps

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Sponsor:
Works Progress Administration
Materials:
Overall: Enamel on Masonite Board
Dimensions:
2-D - Unframed (H x W): 61 x 61cm (24 x 24 in.)
Type:
AWARDS-Insignia
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Physical Description:
United States Army Air Corps (USAAC); 96th Bombardment Squadron; dark blue masonit with a black triangle with a white boarder; in the tringle bright orange demon, holding a white aerial bomb in its right hand.
Summary:
This series of United States Army Air Corps and United States Navy insignia was sponsored by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) Art Program. Paul Garber directed the painting of these insignia. They were originally on display in the aeronautical section of the Smithsonian "Tin Shed".
Credit Line:
Sponsored by the Works Progress Administration
Inventory Number:
A19360057004
Rights:
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
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National Air and Space Museum

Insignia, 13th Attack Squadron, United States Army Air Corps

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Sponsor:
Works Progress Administration
Materials:
Overall: Enamel on Masonite Board
Dimensions:
2-D - Unframed (H x W): 61 x 61cm (24 x 24 in.)
Type:
AWARDS-Insignia
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Physical Description:
United States Army Air Corps (USAAC) 13th Attack Squadron insignia; blue masonite board with running skeleton and bloody scythe in black circle.
Summary:
This series of United States Army Air Corps and United States Navy insignia was sponsored by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) Art Program. Paul Garber directed the painting of these insignia. They were originally on display in the aeronautical section of the Smithsonian "Tin Shed".
Credit Line:
Sponsored by the Works Progress Administration
Inventory Number:
A19360057005
Rights:
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
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Insignia, 90th Attack Squadron, United States Army Air Corps

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Sponsor:
Works Progress Administration
Materials:
Overall: Enamel on Masonite Board
Dimensions:
2-D - Unframed (H x W): 61 x 61cm (24 x 24 in.)
Type:
AWARDS-Insignia
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Physical Description:
United States Army Air Corps (USAAC) 90th Attack Squadron insignia; blue masonite with two red dice with white dot faces.
Summary:
This series of United States Army Air Corps and United States Navy insignia was sponsored by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) Art Program. Paul Garber directed the painting of these insignia. They were originally on display in the aeronautical section of the Smithsonian "Tin Shed".
Credit Line:
Sponsored by the Works Progress Administration
Inventory Number:
A19360057006
Rights:
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
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National Air and Space Museum

Insignia, 70th Service Squadron, United States Army Air Corps

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Sponsor:
Works Progress Administration
Materials:
Overall: Enamel on Masonite Board
Dimensions:
2-D - Unframed (H x W): 61 x 61cm (24 x 24 in.)
Type:
AWARDS-Insignia
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Physical Description:
United States Army Air Corps (USAAC) 70th Service Squadron insignia; dark blue masonite with a white moon rise depicted in the background; a black shadowed profile of a person releasing a bird.
Summary:
This series of United States Army Air Corps and United States Navy insignia was sponsored by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) Art Program. Paul Garber directed the painting of these insignia. They were originally on display in the aeronautical section of the Smithsonian "Tin Shed".
Credit Line:
Sponsored by the Works Progress Administration
Inventory Number:
A19360057008
Rights:
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
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Insignia, 4th Photo Section, United States Army Air Corps

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Sponsor:
Works Progress Administration
Materials:
Overall: Enamel on Masonite Board
Dimensions:
2-D - Unframed (H x W): 61 x 61cm (24 x 24 in.)
Type:
AWARDS-Insignia
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Physical Description:
United States Army Air Corps (USAAC) 4th Photo Section insignia; blue Masonite with centered white circle; 4 aerial cameras form a compass.
Summary:
This series of United States Army Air Corps and United States Navy insignia was sponsored by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) Art Program. Paul Garber directed the painting of these insignia. They were originally on display in the aeronautical section of the Smithsonian "Tin Shed".
Credit Line:
Sponsored by the Works Progress Administration
Inventory Number:
A19360057009
Rights:
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
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National Air and Space Museum

Insignia, 2nd Balloon Company, United States Army Air Corps

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Sponsor:
Works Progress Administration
Materials:
Overall: Enamel on Masonite Board
Dimensions:
2-D - Unframed (H x W): 61 x 61cm (24 x 24 in.)
Type:
AWARDS-Insignia
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Physical Description:
United States Army Air Corps (USAAC) 2nd Balloon Company insignia; blue masonite with white circle; white observation balloon with seven golden stars above it inside the circle.
Summary:
This series of United States Army Air Corps and United States Navy insignia was sponsored by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) Art Program. Paul Garber directed the painting of these insignia. They were originally on display in the aeronautical section of the Smithsonian "Tin Shed".
Credit Line:
Sponsored by the Works Progress Administration
Inventory Number:
A19360057011
Rights:
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
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National Air and Space Museum

Insignia, 12th Observation Group, United States Army Air Corps

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Sponsor:
Works Progress Administration
Materials:
Overall: Enamel on Masonite Board
Dimensions:
2-D - Unframed (H x W): 61 x 61cm (24 x 24 in.)
Type:
AWARDS-Insignia
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Physical Description:
United States Army Air Corps 12th Observation Group insignia; enamel on masonite; hunter green background; Canadian goose depicted; navy blue ring with yellow edge band and yellow letter text "OBSERVE AND REPORT"; white center disc.
Summary:
This series of United States Army Air Corps and United States Navy insignia was sponsored by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) Art Program. Paul Garber directed the painting of these insignia. They were originally on display in the aeronautical section of the Smithsonian "Tin Shed".
Credit Line:
Sponsored by the Works Progress Administration
Inventory Number:
A19360057012
Rights:
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
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Insignia, 49th Bombardment Group, United States Army Air Corps

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Sponsor:
Works Progress Administration
Materials:
Overall: Enamel on Masonite Board
Dimensions:
2-D - Unframed (H x W): 61 x 61cm (24 x 24 in.)
Type:
AWARDS-Insignia
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Physical Description:
United States Army Air Corps 49th Bombardment Group insignia; enamel on masonite; silver background with a wolf's head depicted; the wolf's head is surrounded by two concentric blue rings.
Summary:
This series of United States Army Air Corps and United States Navy insignia was sponsored by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) Art Program. Paul Garber directed the painting of these insignia. They were originally on display in the aeronautical section of the Smithsonian "Tin Shed".
Credit Line:
Sponsored by the Works Progress Administration
Inventory Number:
A19360057013
Rights:
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
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Insignia, Hawaiian Squadron, United States Army Air Corps

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Sponsor:
Works Progress Administration
Materials:
Overall: Enamel on Masonite Board
Dimensions:
2-D - Unframed (H x W): 61 x 61cm (24 x 24 in.)
Type:
AWARDS-Insignia
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Physical Description:
United States Army Air Corps Hawaiian Squadron insignia; United States bald eagle national seal depicted with a center shield over its chest divided per pale nebuly, winged skull depicted on the shield.
Summary:
This series of United States Army Air Corps and United States Navy insignia was sponsored by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) Art Program. Paul Garber directed the painting of these insignia. They were originally on display in the aeronautical section of the Smithsonian "Tin Shed".
Credit Line:
Sponsored by the Works Progress Administration
Inventory Number:
A19360057015
Rights:
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
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Insignia, Spa. 75, French Air Force

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Sponsor:
Works Progress Administration
Materials:
Overall: Enamel on Masonite Board
Dimensions:
2-D - Unframed (H x W): 61 x 61cm (24 x 24 in.)
Type:
AWARDS-Insignia
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Date:
ca. 1935
Physical Description:
Insignia, Escadrille Spa. 75, maroon background with gold, black, and white charognard (vulture) depicted in flight. A strip of paper reads "SPA 75- French".
Summary:
This insignia of Escadrille Spa. 75 is one of a series of military and civilian aeronautical insignias sponsored by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) Art Program. The Smithsonian's first curator of Aeronautics, Paul Garber, directed the painting of their painting for display in the aeronautical section located in the "Tin Shed" on the National Mall.
Escadrille Spa 75 is a fighter squadron of the French Air Force created on July 13, 1916 during the First World War . The squadron has been in operation almost without interruption since its formation.
Credit Line:
Sponsored by the Works Progress Administration
Inventory Number:
A19360056005
Rights:
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
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Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum

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