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Vintage Posters from the Golden Age of Travel 1910-1959 BrainPickings' page of vintage poster art pertaining to travel.
posted by ifjuly (31 comments total) 47 users marked this as a favorite

 
These are great.
posted by killdevil at 9:11 AM on February 28, 2012


Fox hunting in Russia? I wonder if there was a zeppelin for that?
posted by vhsiv at 9:13 AM on February 28, 2012 [2 favorites]


WANT.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 9:13 AM on February 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


MetaFilter: The Anglers' Paradise
posted by brundlefly at 9:18 AM on February 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


Also: "1910-1959 (approximate)". They're not going out on any limbs, are they?
posted by brundlefly at 9:18 AM on February 28, 2012 [2 favorites]


I've always LOVED posters from this era - thanks for sharing this link! I often go looking for such posters from the places I've loved traveling to, but there aren't many from South or Southeast Asia, or Latin America.

However I don't see how it would have been the "Golden Era" of travel, given that it was a time when only the wealthiest could afford to travel significantly - not to mention two world wars and a depression. Does that just refer to this kind of artwork, or is a general Thing?
posted by lunasol at 9:22 AM on February 28, 2012


Liver pills! Who wants to see liver pills on their honeymoon? What we want is romantic places, beautiful places! Places George wants to go!
posted by El Sabor Asiatico at 9:23 AM on February 28, 2012


lunasol - Pinning down when the "Golden Age" of travel occurred is up in the air, but I believe most agree it was a time when at least some amenities of home were carried over to the cabins and cars of your mode of transportation (i.e., silver and glassware at mealtime) and, indeed, when recreational travel itself was out of reach of the common man. Reminds me of this recent NYTimes article.
posted by adamms222 at 9:30 AM on February 28, 2012 [3 favorites]


LOVE these. For fans of this kind of poster art, you might also get a kick out of the London Transport Museum's collection of posters from over the years -- they have a ton of posters the past hundred years or so advertising sights in and around London, and places to visit outside the city. Really cool stuff. Here are some of the staff favorites (er, favourites?) from the museum's online shop.
posted by jsr1138 at 9:33 AM on February 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


These are gorgeous. Thanks!
posted by rtha at 9:34 AM on February 28, 2012


Not the same style, but these reminded me of this, which my grandfather has a print of in his living room.

They really don't make posters like they used to.
posted by brundlefly at 9:43 AM on February 28, 2012


Here's another set of posters posted on Grain Edit, including Poland's answer to the Russian hunting poster.

I've always loved this Times Square TWA poster by David Klein.

But I also enjoy modern reinterpretations of these classic travel posters:
• The Heads of State has a nice "Travel Series" for a handful of US cities.
Napa Valley by Hatch Design.
• Illustrator Steve Thomas has created an excellent set of vintage inspired travel posters for Venus, Mars, Dagobah, Tatooine, Rivendell, and the Shire.
posted by Kabanos at 9:43 AM on February 28, 2012 [4 favorites]


adamms222: Ah, ok, that makes sense.

Incidentally, I recently bought a set of postcards from these guys that are reminiscent of this era - about 20 pieces, all celebrating national parks and major cities. They're gorgeous.
posted by lunasol at 9:44 AM on February 28, 2012 [2 favorites]


1910-1959 (approximate)

I think we need to get all these prints conclusively dated... if one sneaks through that's really from December 1909 I have a feeling we're going to be talking the site owner off a high ledge.
posted by crapmatic at 9:45 AM on February 28, 2012


These are nice, but this one's still one of my favorites: Largest and Fastest to the Orient – Canadian Pacific Steamships
posted by blueberry at 9:48 AM on February 28, 2012


They're all great, but I particularly like the one about eating fruit because it puts pep in your step.
posted by immlass at 9:48 AM on February 28, 2012


> Here's another set of posters posted on Grain Edit, including Poland's answer to the Russian hunting poster.

Oh, I love that Poland poster, ha!
posted by ifjuly at 9:52 AM on February 28, 2012


oh wow, oh these steve thomas planetary posters are awesome too.
posted by ifjuly at 10:04 AM on February 28, 2012


*and those
posted by ifjuly at 10:04 AM on February 28, 2012


I can't stop recaptioning these in my head:

My camel was run over by the Polonia

Japan: Where Psilocybin Is Still Legal

Eat More Fruit Or We'll Punch You (This message brought to you by the Russell Crowe Fruit Council)

Man, Costa Cruises can't buy a break
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 10:18 AM on February 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


When you were on your journey, got to where you were going you'd get luggage labels! Sticker-sized poster art.
posted by Zack_Replica at 10:37 AM on February 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


These are from a set of-- brace yourselves-- over 300, from the Boston Public Library.
posted by Erasmouse at 10:59 AM on February 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


Awesome! I can delay having original design ideas for another 5 years!

Seriously, I love this tuff.
posted by Devils Rancher at 11:13 AM on February 28, 2012


Wow these aren't work safe for me... since saying "Holy shit! oops" isn't considered good practices.

I particularly like how this Japan train one takes the form and fucks with it just slightly. Seems very ahead of its time (which I realize isn't giving the 50s credit)


As for the Golden Age question, I totally get where you're coming from lunasol. It's a time I very much romanticize and love a lot of the memorabilia of it. But fuck if I'd be a gay man back then.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 11:18 AM on February 28, 2012


One of my earliest memories is flying on a (probably) DC-6 that had actual curtains in the windows. They did have full hot meals & silverware, but I also recall that the thing was loud as fuck. We, as a culture, tend to only see the cool aspects of an historical period when we look back nostalgically. I love the style of the old turbo props, but I can have an actual conversation on a 737.
posted by Devils Rancher at 11:29 AM on February 28, 2012


Another modern-but-looks-retro artist: Michael Schwab
posted by Fleebnork at 12:33 PM on February 28, 2012


Also: "1910-1959 (approximate)". They're not going out on any limbs, are they?

I for one welcome their assertion that a "HUNTING IN THE USSR" poster might have been printed before 1917.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 1:01 PM on February 28, 2012 [2 favorites]


Great link, thanks. Travel posters from this era are pretty much my favourite things in all of graphic design.

We've got this one for Australia's Great Barrier Reef hanging in our front hallway. (James Northfield is generally awesome.) And I had this one for the Danish State Rail by Aage Rasmussen adapted for the cover of my latest book.
posted by gompa at 2:17 PM on February 28, 2012


I was given three prints of similar posters as a wedding anniversary present, for locations we visited on our honeymoon. I was most impressed.
posted by bystander at 3:10 PM on February 28, 2012


One of my earliest memories is flying on a (probably) DC-6 that had actual curtains in the windows.

There's still a flying DC-7 -- it belongs to a foundation and you can get rides. Here's a video of Sullenberger and Skiles (the captain and first officer from the flight that hit birds and landed in the Hudson) training to fly the DC-7, on a flight replete with curtains.
posted by phliar at 4:41 PM on February 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


This one from Finska Ångfartygs Aktiebolaget is hanging over my fireplace right now.
posted by tangerine at 4:20 PM on March 1, 2012


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