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Wartime Propaganda Posters Exhibit


The Frontiers of Flight Museum commemorates the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I (August 1914) with a dynamic collection of rare vintage poster art in the Browning Gallery on the mezzanine.  The posters, from the graphic art collection of well-known Dallas trial lawyer Rogge Dunn, include recruiting, propaganda and home front morale images from World Wars I and II.  Dunn has accumulated the collection over several decades since becoming interested in the persuasive techniques of propaganda posters while studying at the London School of Economics in 1977.

The Art of Persuasion: Wartime Propaganda Posters Exhibit

Where: The Frontiers of Flight Museum
Location: 6911 Lemmon Avenue Dallas, TX 75209
(Browning Gallery on the mezzanine)
Hours: Monday – Saturday 10am to 5pm, Sunday 1pm to 5pm
Dates: Now through January 31, 2015
Museum Closure Dates: Thanksgiving, 11/27/14 | Christmas Eve & Christmas Day, 12/24-25/2014 | New Year’s Day 01/01/2015


Free Admission for Veterans and Active Military

To honor all who served or are currently serving, free admission will be granted to veterans and active military on Veterans Day Weekend November 8th, 9th, and 11th. Show proof of service when entering the museum for free admission.

The Veterans’ weekend was a huge success! We’d like to extend a hearty THANK YOU to all the veterans and active military members who attended the exhibit! We hope you enjoyed it!

Compliments of Rogge Dunn and Cathy DeWitt Dunn

“Before radio, television and the internet, posters were a main form of mass communication,” says Dunn.  “Their beauty and thoughtfulness is rarely seen in today’s fast-paced world.  As an attorney, I am intrigued by their power to persuade, and I incorporate many of their visual and persuasive techniques in my jury trials.”

The World War I posters are on display in the Browning Gallery, with the exhibit continuing to the wall in front of the Hamilton Family Auditorium with images from World War II.

uncle-sam-i-want-you-us-armyThe display includes more than three dozen works of graphic and rare art from France, Germany, England, Russia and the United States, including:

–the most famous U.S. poster of all-time, James Montgomery Flagg’s image of Uncle Sam pointing and proclaiming “I Want You!”

–the most famous French WWI poster capitalizing on the “On les Aura!”  (“We shall get them!”) phrase coined by French General Pétain during the bloody battle of Verdun.

–an impressive stone lithograph of a WWI German pilot posing like the famous German ace, the Red Baron.

–an original pamphlet given to American troops just prior to boarding transports for the D-Day Invasion.

The provocative images encourage citizens to enlist, work hard, stay mindful of enemy agents, and avoid waste to protect the homeland.  Some are even disturbing, such as Joseph Pennell’s 1918 poster promoting war bonds, which shows New York City on fire—an eerie prediction of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Rogge Dunn is a native Dallasite and fifth generation Texan.  His collection, combining his love of history and the art of persuasion, includes more than 250 works from over 20 countries dating from 1883 to the present.  Many of his posters are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Smithsonian Institution, and London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.

Dunn’s posters have been displayed in the Hall of State during the State Fair of Texas and were showcased to excellent reviews at the Museum in 2007.  This is his second exhibition at the Museum, this time with several rare and previously unseen works.

For more information, please visit the Frontiers of Flight Museum website.