Insignia Art of WWII – New Exhibit at Palm Springs Air Museum

One piece from a large collection of WWII insignia art which will be on display at the Palm Springs Air Museum in a special exhibit which opens this coming Friday. (photo via PSAM)
One piece from a large collection of WWII insignia art which will be on display at the Palm Springs Air Museum in a special exhibit which opens this coming Friday. (photo via PSAM)

The Palm Springs Air Museum in Palm Springs, California will host a presentation and reception between 6 and 8pm on Friday, December 1st for the opening of their special exhibit WAR TIME DESIGNS – INSIGNIA ART OF WWII. The artwork is privately owned, and part of a traveling exhibit which will be on show at the museum until April 15th, 2018.

As the museum’s press release states… During World War Two, artists created thousands of insignia for the military members to represent their individual ships, bomb groups, squadrons, battalions, units, and on and on. Disney characters were some the most popular, but other figures from Warner Bros., MGM and the comic strips were certainly in high demand. It is difficult to fully appreciate how it felt for a serviceman to have his unit represented by an iconic “touch of home” character. For the generation that fought World War II, it was like mom, apple pie and Donald Duck were all fighting alongside you. This private collection of WWII Insignia Art is being shared for a limited time only so that the modern public may appreciate the work of the artists who lent their talents to inspire the “Greatest Generation”. The exhibit contains 82 items on the walls plus three display cases of memorabilia.

Another piece of fabulous WWII warbird artwork from the collection which is soon to go on display at the Palms Springs Air Museum. This artwork was designed for the 653rd BS, a Heavy Weather Reconnaissance unit which flew B-24s, B-17s and ultimately deHavilland Mosquitos in the European Theatre during WWII. (image via PASM)

It’s hard to imagine many warbird enthusiasts who don’t also share enthusiasm for the creative artwork used to inspire the military aircrew during WWII, and this exhibit seems like an ideal opportunity to see some rare, and original material from the period. For those interested in attending this Friday’s reception, the price and details are below.

Wine & Light Hors D’oeuvres Reception
 
$15 – members with advance RSVP
$20 – non-members with advance RSVP
$25 – at the door
RSVP – Carol – (760) 482-1836

 

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