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25 Charmingly Vintage Travel Ads

It’s hard for me to think “ad” without immediately sticking “banner” in front of it. And with such a strong modern association between advertising and the internet, it’s even stranger to consider that hand-painted ads and posters were the norm just a few decades back. So, as a tribute to commercial travel’s rich history–and a visual break from the twitching, screen-devouring flash ads we’ve gotten so used to–I’d like to share 25 of my favorite vintage travel ads:

 

fly_hawaii

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lady_liberty

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go_cunard

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streamliners

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pan_am

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philippines

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hong_kong

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gayest_paradises

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hop_to_it

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greyhound

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baby_travel

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flagship

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treasure_sky

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yokohama

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naturally_fly

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west_of_chicago

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suntan_warm

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confidence_man

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air_afrique

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aloha_cruise

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paris_pan_america

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birds_are

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british_airways

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beach_sunglasses

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santa_fe

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Kate

My name: Kate Beall

How I earn my keep: Writing for Travelocity.

Best meal I've ever had: There are three: the mofongo at Jimmy'z Kitchen in South Beach, the lomito completo at Fuente Alemana in Santiago, and (for the sheer novelty factor) the cuy chactado in Arequipa, Peru.

First thing I do in a new place: Hit the shower. Anything more than an hour in transit gets me fantasizing about soap.

View that took my breath away: Seeing the endless stretch of the Sierras as I flew in to Reno/Tahoe for the first time. In the winter, it's an aching field of white all the way to the horizon, like a world wiped clean. Looking out at it gives you this unmatched feeling of eternity.

Most challenging travel moment: Sharing a pull-out couch in a cramped New York apartment. The heat wave of 2010 was in full, humid swing and the air conditioning was D.O.A. There was nothing to do but soak your clothes in the sink and hope to pass out before they dried. ...then wake up in an hour and do it all again.

Favorite way to get around: On foot. I'm still working on the motorcycle license.

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Laurie Peterson
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These were a lot of fun to look at – of course I remember the Coppertone baby and Samsonite suitcases being tossed by chimps (“savage baggage handlers”)too ….

Jimmy
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I liked the first one fly to Hawaii. Though all the ads were good but i really liked the first one.

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