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Philadelphia in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Aero Memorial

1948

 

—Paul Manship (1885-1966) —

 
Aero Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 2014
1. Aero Memorial Marker
Inscription. Shaped like a celestial sphere, this gilded bronze sculpture is dedicated to Pennsylvania aviators who died in World War I. The outer structure suggests as astronomical instrument, and the figures illustrate signs of the zodiac. Sculptor Paul Manship also created Duck Girl in Rittenhouse Square and Prometheus at New York’s Rockefeller Center.

First proposed during World War I by the Aero Club of Pennsylvania, the memorial was commissioned by the Fairmount Park Art Association. It was donated to the City of Philadelphia in 1950.

 
Location. 39° 57.486′ N, 75° 10.322′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker is on N 20th Street south of Benjamin Franklin Parkway, on the right. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Philadelphia PA 19103, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Aero Memorial Pillar (here, next to this marker); The Franklin National Memorial (a few steps from this marker); All Wars Memorial to Colored Soldiers and Sailors (within shouting distance of this marker); The City Plan of Philadelphia (within shouting distance of this marker); 1914-1918 Tribute Trees
Aero Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 2014
2. Aero Memorial
(within shouting distance of this marker); A Grand Cultural Boulevard (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); US Sanitary Commission Great Central Fair (about 300 feet away); Francisco De Miranda (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
 
Categories. War, World I
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 12, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 10, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 97 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 10, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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