A Visual Passport: Vintage Travel Posters

A Visual Passport: Vintage Travel Posters

Tara Bellucci
Jul 5, 2011

In the days of digital photography, it's hard to imagine a time when ship lines and tourism boards used artists to entice travelers to faraway lands. Yet in a time when even cell phones are equipped with cameras, vintage travel posters still hold their allure.

This month is all about Escapes, and an easy mental escape is displaying art that features your favorite destinations. Featuring one meaningful place or creating a gallery wall, posters can be an accent or the focus. In many different styles, colors, price ranges and locales, travel art can work in any space.

Vintage travel posters are also a window to the past. The New York poster highlights modern marvels of architecture and transportation from the art deco-inspired 1930s, while the bright Manila print is a tiki torch away from being a '50s backyard luau.

Not all scenes need to be of faraway places. Many stateside locations are available, and that's a fun way to show hometown pride.

Atlantic City, Barewalls.com, $93.45.
HAPAG (1928), International Poster Gallery, contact for pricing.
Tauern Express (1912), International Poster Gallery, $850.
Norway (1925), International Poster Gallery, $950.
Manila (1958), International Poster Gallery, $900.

Espagne, Barewalls.com, $31.50.
Banff, AllPosters, from $59.99.
Firenze, AllPosters, from $49.99.
Menton, Printfinders, from $24.95.
New York City, Art.com, from $35.99.

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Images: As linked above.

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