The Henry and Ludmilla Shapiro Collection; Partial gift and partial purchase through the Decorative Arts Association Acquisition and Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program Funds
Research in Progress
Circular, with notched gilded border and in the center a scene showing a stylized airplane flown by a young man and woman, a red flying carpet, a couple dressed in medieval costume, a chained ogre, caged birds
Number of Images: 1; Color: Sepia; Size: 2.25w x 2.25h; Type of Image: Exhibit; Interior; Medium: Photographic print
February 19, 1936
Winnie Mae (Airplane)
Lockheed Model 5C Vega
SIA2011-0185 and 32307-9
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
See Negative Numbers 32291-B and 91-3702 for other images of the plane
Suspended from the ceiling in the Arts and Industries Building is the Winnie Mae, a special Lockheed Model 5C Vega flown by famed aviator Wiley Post. The plane completed two around-the-world record flights and a series of special high-altitude substratospheric research flights. Three men stand looking up at the plane. One is leaning on a exhibit table. Exhibit cases hold coins from the Numismatics Exhibit and paintings on the walls are from the Smithsonian National Gallery of Art. The image was taken by Ruel P. Tolman, Director of Smithsonian National Collection of Fine Arts, and is included in a scrapbook of photographs of Smithsonian staff, grounds and buildings, exhibitions, and Washington, D.C. scenes. (Section A)
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7433, Box 3, Folder: Ruel P. Tolman Collection, Scrapbook II, 1
Mostly red poster depicting melted abstract shapes, biomorpic lettering: BILL GRAHAM PRESENTS IN SAN FRANCISCO / OCT 24 25 26; THURS / FRI SAT; JEFFERSON / AIRPLANE; RECORDING LIVE / BALLET AFRO-HAITI / AB. SKHY / TICKETS [ticket information in lower margin]. At center, an airplane with a woman upper body, centaur-motorcycles.
Even the name seemed psychedelic. Jefferson Airplane was one of the first rock bands to fully capture the counterculture of the mid-1960s, quickly gaining national and then international fame. This 1966 poster featured a photograph of the band with its new lead vocalist, Grace Slick (born 1939). Jefferson Airplane’s irreverent lyrics—with references to sex, drugs, and radical politics—pulsating sound, and Slick’s soaring contralto and dramatic stage presence, launched the band into the national consciousness. The psychedelic posters commissioned by rock impresario Bill Graham for San Francisco’s Fillmore Auditorium suggest the dizzying, multisensory experience of many Fillmore events, which were often charged with high-decibel music, light shows, and mind-altering drugs. Although the wild lettering and colors that designer Wes Wilson used rendered the advertisement almost illegible, this innovative style successfully evoked the burgeoning hippie counterculture.