National Archives at Kansas City

Dr. John Curatola to Discuss Props and Pin-Ups: Nose Art in World War II

Press Release: May 23, 2015

National Archives at Kansas City

Dr. John Curatola to Discuss Props and Pin-Ups: Nose Art in World War II

For More Information Contact:
Kimberlee Ried, 816-268-8072

Kansas City (MO)…On Wednesday, June 3 at 6:30 p.m., the National Archives at Kansas City will host Dr. John Curatola who will discuss Props and Pin-Ups: Nose Art in World War II. A free light reception will precede the lecture at 6:00 p.m.

The use of nose art was common on military aircraft during the Second World War. Painted on the fuselages of many of the belligerent air forces aircraft, these stand-alone pieces of art reflected aircrews’ values and attitudes. Messages and pictures painted on these aircraft are not only a rich military legacy, but provide insight into the time, temperament, and men who flew and maintained them. Dr. Curatola will address the various influences, national trends, and general themes of this unique element of military history. The presentation will show nose art in its original form and in historical context, which includes partial nudity. Curatola’s lecture is presented in recognition of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

Reservations are requested for this free program by calling 816-268-8010 or emailing . Requests for ADA accommodations must be submitted five business days prior to events.

About the Speaker

John Curatola is an associate professor of History at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Prior to this position he was an active duty Marine Corps officer and retired in 2009 as a Lieutenant Colonel after 22 years of service. He received his doctorate from the University of Kansas in 2008. His work has been published in number of books and national periodicals. His forthcoming book Bigger Bombs for a Brighter Tomorrow: The Strategic Air Command and American War Planning at the Dawn of the Atomic Age is scheduled to be published later this year.

The National Archives at Kansas City is home to historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by Federal agencies in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or visit us online.

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