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Sidewall - Sample, Wings Over America, 1946

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.

It is credited Gift of Henry H. Allman.

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."

Cite this object as

Sidewall - Sample, Wings Over America, 1946; 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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