Looping the Loop: Posters of Flight

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Looping the Loop tells of the passion for flight with an array of 102 rare posters spanning the years of Early Flight, World War I, The Golden Age of Aviation, and World War II. Originally published in Fall 2000 in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service companion exhibition, these vibrant, colorful, hallmark designs each on their own full page, provide an artistic and historical retrospective. The late Ambassador Henry Serrano Villard (1900u1996), a statesman, philanthropist, and scholar, is considered to have been one of the world's leading authorities on early aviation. The book is based largely on Mr. Villard's never-before-published personal accounts from attending worldly early aviation events. Through his eloquent, graceful writing, he leaves a legacy of love and understanding of man and flight. 102 full-color illustrations with accompanying historical text.

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Ambassador Villard was an accomplished writer receiving acclaim for several of his books including Contact: The Story of Early Birds and Hemingway in Love and War. Mr. Allen is past president of the International Aerospace Hall of Fame.

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The romantic appeal of watching the pioneer fliers take to the air cannot be overstated. Although the Wright brothers' accomplishment at Kitty Hawk in 1903 has not vanished from the public memory, the significant early contribution of French fliers largely has. If nothing else, this gorgeous book makes clear the inspiring efforts of the early French fliers (who predominate here) as well as those of the artists who celebrated them in charmingly vivid posters for air shows. Of the 102 posters from the Allen Airways Flying Museum, El Cahon, CA, and other collections shown here, 32 are part of a traveling exhibit that opened in the Smithsonian in April and will travel for two years around the country. As art historian Rennert points out in his foreword, the arrival of flight coincided with a French poster craze, or affichomanie. When the French aeronaut Louis Bleriot crossed the English Channel in July 1909, conditions were perfect for a renaissance in commercial art, and artists and fliers went about inspiring each other. Aviation historians Villard and Allen have produced an uncompromisingly elegant salute to early flight and its mustached heroes dropping bouquets from the skies. For art and aviation collections.DNathan Ward, "Library Journal"
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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