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From the B-17 to the Jet Set

A conversation with Elizabeth Norris on advertising and propaganda posters from 1940-45. $10 (1 hr)

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Original advertising posters are more than just a collectible. These high-impact, low-tech tools of mass communication provide an incredible opportunity to experience 20th century history both visually and viscerally.

A recently acquired collection of rare WWII propaganda posters and soon after that, a collection of midcentury commercial airline posters from a retired travel agent, are where this story starts. The confluence of collections in hand raises the question “How did we get from war bonds and air raids to the jet-set age in just 20 years?”

The poster captures transformative technology like no other medium. What’s new, what we want, and what government and industry wants us to want is recorded boldly on these artifacts, and its message is decodable in an instant. Spend an hour with these actual artifacts and their collector, learning how to decode propaganda and why it’s such fun to study this ephemeral source material.

Elizabeth Norris captured her first original advertising poster right after finishing her studies at UC Berkeley, and has been unable to say no to a worthy poster ever since. In her 21-year career as a professional poster dealer, Norris has chased down ephemera in basements, attics and caves all over the world. She served two terms as the Vice President of the International Vintage Poster Dealers Association, exhibited at 20+ shows per year and developed a fascination with military posters. Norris co-curated Your Country Calls-Posters of the First World War at The Huntington Museum and Library in 2014.


Things to Know

This event is for all ages.
This event is wheelchair accessible.
The organizer of this event is Modernism Week.


Event Check-in Location

Modernism Week CAMP Theater, 230 Museum Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262

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Photo Credits: Vintage European Posters 2018


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