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PHOTOS: Orchids of Latin America

Smithsonian Magazine

Latin America, by William R. Shepherd ..

Smithsonian Libraries
Also available online.

STRI copy 39088012651022 has bookplate: Smithsonian Institution Libraries, Gift of the late Stan Rand.


Braniff International Airways Latin America

National Air and Space Museum
In foreground, a typical Brazilian waterbird (aritist's interpretation) preens itself, with coast of Rio de Janeiro in background; pink, green, and blue ink on paper.

Offset Lithograph

Fly Now: The National Air and Space Museum Poster Collection

Throughout their history, posters have been a significant means of mass communication, often with striking visual effect. Wendy Wick Reaves, the Smithsonian Portrait Gallery Curator of Prints and Drawings, comments that "sometimes a pictorial poster is a decorative masterpiece-something I can't walk by without a jolt of aesthetic pleasure. Another might strike me as extremely clever advertising … But collectively, these 'pictures of persuasion,' as we might call them, offer a wealth of art, history, design, and popular culture for us to understand. The poster is a familiar part of our world, and we intuitively understand its role as propaganda, promotion, announcement, or advertisement."

Reaves' observations are especially relevant for the impressive array of aviation posters in the National Air and Space Museum's 1300+ artifact collection. Quite possibly the largest publicly-held collection of its kind in the United States, the National Air and Space Museum's posters focus primarily on advertising for aviation-related products and activities. Among other areas, the collection includes 19th-century ballooning exhibition posters, early 20th-century airplane exhibition and meet posters, and twentieth-century airline advertisements.

The posters in the collection represent printing technologies that include original lithography, silkscreen, photolithography, and computer-generated imagery. The collection is significant both for its aesthetic value and because it is a unique representation of the cultural, commercial and military history of aviation. The collection represents an intense interest in flight, both public and private, during a significant period of its technological and social development.

Copyright Disclosure for Orphaned Works

Whenever possible, the museum provides factual information about copyright owners and related matters in its records and other texts related to the collections. For many of the images in this collection, some of which were created for or by corporate entities that no longer exist, the museum does not own any copyrights. Therefore, it generally does not grant or deny permission to copy, distribute or otherwise use material in this collection. If identified, permission and possible fees may be required from the copyright owner independently of the museum. It is the user's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other use restrictions when copying, distributing or otherwise using materials found in the museum's collections. Transmission or reproduction of protected materials beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Users must make their own assessments of rights in light of their intended use.

If you have any more information about an item you've seen in the Fly Now: The National Air and Space Museum Poster Collection, or if you are a copyright owner and believe we have not properly attributed your work to you or have used it without permission, we want to hear from you. Please contact with your contact information and a link to the relevant content.

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Vision... Mission... Goal, IBM Latin America

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Upper 2/3 of page 5 color bands (rectangles) of differing lengths; colors (left to right): fuscia, blue, green, yellow, and orange. Text blocks underneath in black describing vision, mission, and goals of IBM.

Encuentros: Artistic Exchange between the U.S. and Latin America

Smithsonian American Art Museum
ThumbnailBeginning tomorrow, October 5, the American Art Museum will be hosting a two-day symposium called Encuentros: Artistic Exchange between the U.S. and Latin America.

Expeditions: 150 Years of Smithsonian Research in Latin America

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access
Website documenting the early years of Smithsonian expeditions into Latin America, looking particularly at the complex and rich relations among scientists in the Americas. Searchable by region or explorer. Sections include biographies, images, artifacts, and diary entries.

Canción Protesta: Protest Songs of Latin America [sound recording]

Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
Record includes performances by Silvio Rodriguez, Pablo Milanes, Violetta Parra.

"Recorded in Cuba at the Varadero seashore, on the Isle of Youth, and at Radio Havana" in July 1967.

Booklet containing program notes and words of the songs with English translations (16 p. : ill.), inserted in container.

Impacto, Influencia, Cambio: Science, Technology, and Invention in Latin America and the Southwestern United States

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access
An exploration of the lives and work of inventors, aviators, astronauts, and the everyday people who have left a mark on science and invention.

Latin Jazz USA Award

National Museum of American History

World Solidarity With Cuba

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
On black backdrop in gray outline, Cuban flag displayed vertically at lower right, yellow hand with USA flag sleeve holding bent gun at lower left. At upper center in white "World Solidarity With" in Spanish, English, French and Arabic, in red "Cuba." At upper right, logo with hand holding rifle underneath globe, with "OSPAAAL" below in white.

Aruba Jazz and Latin Music Festival Badge

National Museum of American History

World Solidarity with Puerto Rico

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Against yellow backdrop, Statue of Liberty draped in USA flag with upraised right arm holding Puerto Rican flag, with broken shackles. At center right, text reads in black "World Solidarity with" in Spanish, English, French, and Arabic, and below in red text with blue shadow "Puerto Rico." Logo of arm holding rifle under a globe appears in rectangle at lower left, with "OSPAAAL" below.

Especies nuevas de Americanura (Collembola: Neanuridae) de América Latina: New species of Americanura (Collembola: Neanuridae) from Latin America

Smithsonian Libraries
Resumen. Se describen e ilustran 5 especies nuevas de Americanura, 3 son de México (estados de Tabasco, Oaxaca y México) y 2 de Panamá (provincia de Colón). Se incluye una clave para todas las especies conocidas del género. Palabras clave: Americanura, México, Panamá, taxonomía, claves. Abstract. Five new species of Americanura are described and illustrated, 3 of them from Mexico (Tabasco, Oaxaca and Estado de México) and 2 from Panama (province of Colón). A key for all known species of the genus is included. Key words: Americanura, Mexico, Panama, taxonomy, keys.

From the sky of my childhood = Del cielo de mi niñez [sound recording] : folk songs from Latin America sung by Suni Paz

Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
Cover design by Ronald Clyne.

Cover photograph by Eva Cockcroft.

Notes in Spanish and English (8 p. : ill.) inserted in original cover. Translations by Robin Palmer.

Suni Paz, lead voice, guitar, charango, caja ; Wendy Eda Blackstone, flute, alto flute ; Martha Siegel, cello ; Mara Goodman, voice.

"Casi-casi" and "Corazó contesta" recorded at Phonal Studio in Buenos Aires, Argentina. All other tracks recorded in New York City, April 1979.

Related materials may be found in the Moses and Frances Asch Collection, also held by this repository. Related materials may include correspondence pertaining to the recording, original cover art designs, production materials and business records, and audiotapes from studio production.
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