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Artifact Spotlight: Dogwood Edition!

Mar 20, 2021

All around Atlanta flowers are springing up! One staple of the season are the dogwood trees found all around the city. Their pink and white blooms signify the coming of spring and this year, more than others, they give us hope for a great summer!

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Delta has celebrated and used the dogwood on tons of promotional materials over the years, many of which are preserved in the Archives here at the Delta Flight Museum. Below are some of our favorites! 

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The dogwood blossom on this cube was used to promote travel to Atlanta. The cube was set at ticket counters and city ticket offices to catch travelers' attention. Check out the other sides in our online collections

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This bronze metal medallion commemorates the Delta's inaugural service from Atlanta to London, England. The dogwood blossom on the medallion symbolizes Atlanta and the Southern states. The four other designs, the Tudor rose of England, thistle of Scotland, shamrock of Northern Ireland, and the leek of Wales represent the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. 

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This coffee cup and butter dish are emblazoned with the "Delta Dogwood" pattern. Delta first introduced this china in First Class for its transatlantic service launched in 1978, from Atlanta-London (Gatwick).

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Another inaugural commemorative, this time a glass sculpture of a dogwood blossom represents the partnership between Delta and Swissair and beginning service to Zurich from Atlanta in spring of 1987. 

Spring is in the air and with it come the dogwoods! Looking back on some of Delta's dogwoods has us feeling excited about the upcoming season! Make sure to check out Delta's dogwood materials and more in our online collections!

Austin Coleman

Registrar

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