State Porcelain Factory, Leningrad, USSR, founded 1918
porcelain, enamel, gilding
Leningrad, Soviet Union
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
The Henry and Ludmilla Shapiro Collection; Partial gift and partial purchase through the Decorative Arts Association Acquisition and Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program Funds
Poster featuring psychedelic yellow and purple design on brown ground. Images of Jefferson Airplane band members framed in circles and a square with engulfing spheres with text: BILL GRAHAM PRESENTS IN SAN FRANCISCO / JEFFERSON AIRPLANE [additional information, date, location].
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.
Grace Slick, Marty Balin, Paul Kantner, Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady, and Spencer Dryden,
Robert Wesley Wilson, born 1937
Herb Greene, born 1942
West Coast Lithograph Company
Paul Kantner, born 1941
Grace Wing Slick, born 1939
Jack Casady, born 1944
Marty Balin, born 1942
Spencer Dryden, 7 Apr 1938 - 10 Jan 2005
Jorma Kaukonen, born 1940
Color photolithographic poster
Image: 51.2cm x 33.5cm (20 3/16" x 13 3/16")
Sheet: 57cm x 35.5cm (22 7/16" x 14")
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.
A brief introduction to Fred Wiseman's 1911 airmail flight from Petaluma to Santa Rosa, California. Read more at: http://npm.si.edu/exhibits/current/airmail-in-america/the-airplanes/the-wiseman-cooke.html The Wiseman-Cooke Airplane is on display at the National Postal Museum, on loan from the National Air and Space Museum.
Postal service;Letter mail handling;Stamp collecting