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Poster, West Point, 1940

This is a Poster. It was designed by Unknown. It is dated 1940 and we acquired it in 1949. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

In the years before the Air Force was in existent, pilots enlisted in the Army and joined the U.S. Army Air Corps. This poster, by an unknown artist, advertises the U.S. Army Air Corps., as the “West Point of the Air,” and aims to recruit educated, able-bodied men in their early to mid-20s.

This object was featured in our Object of the Day series in a post titled What do you want to be when you grow up?.

It is credited Gift of Louise Clémencon.

Its dimensions are

81.3 × 63.5 cm (32 × 25 in.)

It is signed

RH

It is inscribed

Bottom right: RPB- 10-11-40-12,500-A-P-2

Cite this object as

Poster, West Point, 1940; Designed by Unknown ; USA; 81.3 × 63.5 cm (32 × 25 in.); Gift of Louise Clémencon; 1949-108-9

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