Fly Now!: The Poster Collection of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Fly Now!: The Poster Collection of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

by JoanneGernsteinLondon (Author)


The posters-most of them never before published-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. From 19th-century circus impresarios offering rides in gaudy hot-air balloons to the sleek 21st-century airliners, they offer 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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Format: Hardcover
Pages: 192
Edition: 1
Publisher: National Geographic Society
Published: 30 Jun 2007

ISBN 10: 1426200889
ISBN 13: 9781426200885

Author Bio
Dr. Joanne Gernstein London has been a curator at National Air and Space Museum (NASM) for 19 years, 16 of those as curator of the1400-piece poster collection. As a historian at the NASM, she has contributed to such major exhibitions as Legend, Memory, and the Great War in the Air (about WWI), and Where Next, Columbus? (on the state of exploration on the 500th anniversary of Columbus's landing in 1492). She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.