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Sidewall - Sample, Wings Over America

This is a Sidewall - sample. It was manufactured by United Wallpaper, Inc.. It is dated 1946 and we acquired it in 1947. Its medium is machine-printed paper. It is a part of the Wallcoverings department.

Inspired by a 1939 U.S. Army Air Corps poster designed by Tom B. Woodburn which featured a central eagle emblazoned with the Air Corps star logo flying amidst army planes, Wings Over America similarly contains a cluster of airplanes, in different makes and models, flying at varying altitudes and in opposing directions. Printed in red, white and blue, with a good perspective and lots of energy, this is a strong design with special appeal to boys and patriots. The design captures the post-war fascination with air travel as well as honoring the plane as America’s first line of defense.

This object was donated by Henry H. Allman. It is credited Gift of Henry H. Allman.

  • Sidewall (France)
  • block-printed paper.
  • Gift of Mrs. Cornelius Sullivan.
  • 1930-21-1-f

Its dimensions are

47.5 x 44 cm (18 11/16 x 17 5/16 in.)

It is inscribed

Stamped on verso: "Transportation on the wing as well as America's first line of protection, the airplane is here depicted in many types. A wall decoration of interest and fascination for every boy." Stamped on verso: United Wallpaper Trade Mark.

Cite this object as

Sidewall - Sample, Wings Over America; Manufactured by United Wallpaper, Inc.; USA; machine-printed paper; 47.5 x 44 cm (18 11/16 x 17 5/16 in.); Gift of Henry H. Allman; 1947-81-5

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Cooper-Hewitt Collections: A Design Resource.

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