"Fly Now: The Poster Collection of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum"
The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum draws more visitors than any other museum in the world—, and the exhibit of air travel posters featured in this unique companion volume combines arresting, colorful art, rare archival material, and a unique approach to aeronautical history. The posters feature barnstormers, gliders, and flying boats, the earliest passenger flights, the first luxury-liners, mail carriers, jets, and much more. Spanning a century and a half, they combine the popular art and the commerce of their eras, with both explored in the entertaining, informative text by a longstanding National Air and Space Museum curator.The posters provide a fascinating illustrated history of flight as it evolved from an exotic realm inhabited only by visionaries and daredevils into our modern world of speedy jets and frequent flyers - no longer extraordinary, perhaps, but still echoing with the exhilarating thrill and glamorous excitement captured here.
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