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DAVID KLEIN (1918-2005)NEW YORK / FLY TWA. 1956. 39 1/4x24 1/2 inches, 99x62 1/4 cm. Condition B+: minor creases and abrasions at edges and in image; yellows and reds faded; linen trimmed to image. A bright, abstract, kaleidoscopic view of Times Square, with its billboards, lights, traffic, energy and excitement. The electric Day-Glo colors further convey the visual splendor of the city. This is the rare, first printing of the poster, which features a detailed image of a TWA Constellation. Later versions depict the silhouette of a jet plane. A year after it was issued, a copy of this poster was acquired by the Museum of Modern Art for their permanent collection. This is the rare first printing. Metzl p. 166, Airways p. 148 (var).