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Poster, Friend? Or Foe?, 1976

This is a Poster. It was designed by James Miho and Tomoko Miho and made for (as the client) National Air & Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution. It is dated 1976 and we acquired it in 1981. Its medium is screenprint on metallic coated paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

During World War II, civilian and military spotters learned to distinguish enemy aircraft from allied planes. This poster shows the alphabet of silhouettes that spotters learned to recognize. A military emblem dominates the center.

This object was featured in our Object of the Week series in a post titled When Civilians Guarded the Skies.

It is credited Gift of Various Donors.

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Its dimensions are

H x W: 91.6 × 61.1 cm (36 1/16 × 24 1/16 in.)

It is inscribed

Imprinted in black ink, lower left: National Air and Space Museum; center: Smithsonian Institution; lower right: Washington, D. C.

Cite this object as

Poster, Friend? Or Foe?, 1976; Designed by James Miho and Tomoko Miho; USA; screenprint on metallic coated paper; H x W: 91.6 × 61.1 cm (36 1/16 × 24 1/16 in.); Gift of Various Donors; 1981-29-153

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition How Posters Work.

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