Advertising Airshows

A colorful history from the National Air and Space Museum’s poster collections.

Flights and a Ball Game


We're not sure how Curtis La Day earned the moniker "Satan." We do know that Satan was also distinguished as "The Boy Aviator," at one time the youngest licensed pilot in America. This 1915 poster features a Blériot 11 type airplane at top right, and a Wright Model B at center, while the silhouette of Gibson City, Illinois, stretches across the bottom of the print. This particular airshow offered spectators not only a variety of aircraft, but music and baseball as well.

Comment on this Story

comments powered by Disqus