Still Life with Airplane
When art meets aviation.
- By The Editors
- Air & Space magazine, November 2013
Howard Cook, Airplane, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Barbara Latham
A 1931 wood engraving by Howard Cook shows a New Standard, an aircraft used for mail delivery and cropdusting, cruising over Mt. Tom, Massachusetts. Joann Moser, deputy chief curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, notes that the image contrasts the agrarian and the technological: “America was in the depths of the Depression in 1931, and perhaps Cook saw the salvation of the economy in technological innovation (i.e., the airplane).”