The Dept. of Etc.

Small artifacts that are the garnish of most museum exhibits make a satisfying main course in a new National Air and Space Museum book.

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IN A WAREHOUSE STOCKED WITH LEGENDARY aircraft and around-the-moon capsules, where can a lunchbox, a board game, and a leather mask be displayed for best effect? How should a squished tube of coffee compete for attention with the lifevest-orange X-1? Are there Feng Shui ramifications to placing a tea cup near a Minuteman missile? Imagine the delight of exhibit designers when some of flight’s more obscure mementos found the showcase they deserve in a new book.

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Take a look through the gallery of artifacts featured in Carolyn Russo's Artifacts of Flight.

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