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Catalog Number 10645-2268
Title Proof, Printing; John Falter; Offset Lithograph; American Airlines
Object Name Proof, Printing
Description Color offset lithograph on white paper. Printing proof of an advertisement for American Airlines. The upper portion of the ad is an illustration of a group of people walking away from a small church through the snow. Under the illustration blue script reads "Air Travel, like the Yuletide Spirit, is for All to Share." Just to the proper right of the script is a small illustration of an airplane. Under that is a section of text in two short columns. At the very bottom, in the proper left corner is the American Airlines logo. A note in graphite is handwritten on the upper proper right side.
Date 1946
Year Range from 1946
Year Range to 1946
Material Paper, Ink, Graphite
Medium Offset Lithograph
Artist Falter, John P.
Made Falter, John P.
Inscription Text Downey as a hick
Height (in) 13.813
Width (in) 10.813
People Falter, John Philip, 1910-1982
Other Name Advertisement
History Pictured in this image is the Trinity Episcopal Church in Buckingham, Pennsylvania. The original Falter painting, used for this ad, hangs in the church.

John Falter often painted from photographs he took of various scenes, and this painting is likely based on a photograph. Alan W. Nelson believes he is the small boy pictured in the arms of his father, Warren Nelson. His mother, Lillian Balfour-Nelson, is believed to be the woman in the yellow hat.

Betty Schaeffer identified the trio in the very front of the poster as her grandparents, George and Margaret Bentzley, and her mother Betty (Bentzley) Condict as a teenager. They were neighbors of John Falter when he lived in Bucks County. Betty took care of John's horse for him while he was away at war; for which he allowed her to pick two paintings from his studio as a thank you when he returned.
Credit line John P. Falter, Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania
Collection Falter, John P. Collection