Image description: This 1969 poster from Continental Airlines promoted travel to Hawaii. In the mid 1900s, airline advertisements encouraged travelers to visit exotic destinations.
The National Air and Space Museum has a collection of more than 1,300 posters that focus on advertising for aviation-related products and activities. View more posters in the Fly Now online exhibit.
Image from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Image description: This marble statue of Clio, the Muse of History, is displayed in the Capitol’s National Statuary Hall. It was created by Carlo Franzoni in 1819.
Photo from the Architect of the Capitol
Image description: This poster for the United States Travel Bureau promotes tourism. It was released in June 1938 as part of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) Federal Art Project.
View more WPA posters.
Image from the Library of Congress
Image description: Science can be art. A National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) calibration system used infrared laser light to precisely measure the thickness of 300 millimeter silicon wafer.
Photo by Q. Wang, U. Griesmann/NIST
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Photo of Maya Lin, 1988 by Michael Katakis from the National Portrait Gallery.
March is Women’s History Month. Today we recognize Maya Lin, who designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
From the Library of Congress:
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, originally designed as a student project by Maya Lin at Yale University’s School of Architecture in 1981, has become a profound symbol that has served to unify and reconcile a nation sorely divided by a foreign entanglement. Lin envisioned a black granite wall, in the shape of a V, on which the names of the American military dead and missing would be inscribed. The architect hoped that “these names, seemingly infinite in number, [would] convey the sense of overwhelming numbers, while unifying these individuals into a whole.”