Sunday, August 8, 2010

2010 WASP Exhibit Featuring Memorabilia From Gail Sigford Family Archives: The Flyin' High Poster

Courtesy of  the artist Diane Johnston

The Klamath County Museum housed an exhibit of the “Local Flygirls: The Unsung Heroines of WW II,” featuring memorabilia from the family archives of WASP Gail Sigford, during the month of July, 2010. The public was also informed of the exhibit by an article in the Herald and News.

The 20 x 30 poster, entitled “Flyin' High,” welcomed patrons of the Klamath County Museum to the WASP exhibit. Diane Johnston, a friend of Gail Sigford and the family – and a gifted artist – created this poster.



Courtesy of  the artist Diane Johnston

As one of the poster's focal points she used the picture of a class of WASP on review at graduation (Courtesy of Wings Across America Digital Gallery). This picture, seen above, was also used in the museum exhibit, where Diane created a larger version in which she “fiddled around with it until it felt right” – which meant she enlarged, cropped, sharpened, colorized, and “punched it up a bit.” 

Silhouettes of three WW II vintage planes used in WASP at Avenger Field, Sweetwater, Texas are shown on the upper left quarter of the poster. These planes included Gail Sigford's favorites; the Stearman bi-wing (PT-13 & PT 17); the advanced trainer (AT6, known as the Texan); and as the transition to the multi-engined bombers, the twin-engine Cessna (U78, or the Bob Cat).

Courtesy of  the artist Diane Johnston

A smaller version of the poster was used as a flyer which was distributed to local businesses, restaurants, and retirement homes. Bringing the eye to the Exhibit specifics, Johnston used a gold box to highlight the names of the local “flygirls,” date, time and place of the exhibit as well as the featured memorabilia. In the version used for the flyer, she also replicated the gold color on the lower left, where a coupon offered a little incentive to visit the “flygirls” as well as the other museum exhibits.


The poster is a tribute to those women of Klamath County who heard the call. We can hear the echo of their song -- Off we go into the wild blue yonder, Flyin' High! into the Sun.









  


                   

4 comments:

  1. Fantastic, I enjoy every post you have done on the fly girls!

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  2. Carol, thanks for the nice words. You will be in for flygirls galore for the next few weeks. Thanks again.

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  3. Dorene, Thank you. Glad you enjoyed them.

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