Poster, American Airlines to Europe
This is a Poster. It was designed by E. McKnight Kauffer and made for (as the client) American Airlines. It is dated 1948 and we acquired it in 1963. Its medium is lithograph. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.
In the late 1940s, Kauffer and Bernard Waldman set out west on research trips for a series of American Airlines posters. These adventures resulted in one of the most successful campaigns of Kauffer’s career. The subject of flight had long brought out the best in Kauffer. A painting of Flight, the iconic poster that had kick-started his career, hung in his studio until his death. As the writer Arnold Bennett had described him years before, Kauffer was “as a bird, forever in flight, forever searching for a place to come to rest.”
This object was
Mrs. Edward McKnight Kauffer.
It is credited
Gift of Mrs. E. McKnight Kauffer.
Its dimensions are
101.6 × 76.2 cm (40 × 30 in.)
It is signed
Printed in script in white and blue ink, lower left (on bird): E. McKnight Kauffer,
Cite this object as
Poster, American Airlines to Europe; Designed by Edward McKnight Kauffer (American, active England, 1890–1954); Client: American Airlines (United States); USA; lithograph; 101.6 × 76.2 cm (40 × 30 in.); Gift of Mrs. E. McKnight Kauffer; 1963-39-138
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Underground Modernist: E. McKnight Kauffer.