Mondays, Maggie Muses: Retro Travel Posters

Hi, I’m Maggie. My husband (Legh) and I own re-souL. I like to “muse” about things that inspire me. Especially on Mondays.

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Augustine of Hippo

In my opinion, Traveling is one of the best things in life. It’s a time to go explore new places, rediscover some favorites or maybe revisit the old places of our youth.  It is good for the soul,  a time to connect with others and experience new things.

Travel used to be quite romantic, especially in the 1950’s and 1960’s when it was an exotic and an elegant adventure.  I can even remember in the 70’s, my parents would plan out our entire wardrobe for our trips. My mother would dress us in our “plane” clothes which were not necessarily comfortable, but we were a fine looking bunch!  We even had matching purple Samsonite luggage. There were no problems finding our suitcases in baggage claim.


Vintage Braniff Airlines poster via flickr.

Today, the glamour has fallen out of travel.  Witness the masses in their sweatpants and (practically) pajamas, waiting to board their plane.  Comfort is king at the airports!  Crowded flights, uncomfortable seats and practically no amenities, really who can blame them? The marketing is also radically different today, it seems that today’s advertisements  flaunt unattainable luxury or are splattered with gaudy banners of spectacular travel deals.

So you can see why today, I muse about the vintage travel posters.  I particularly like the style of these posters because they are clean and simple.  They focus more on the art and are less about the advertisement.  They are stylish and remind me how much I love to travel, fire my imagination, make me want to go visit and experience these alluring locations.


David Klein via Vintage Poster Blog


India from Swiss Air and Mid-century travel poster to Japan by Toshio Fukai via Pinterest


Jet service to Africa, Union Aeromaritime de Transport by Jean Colin via flickr.

Although we don’t typically see posters like this anymore, Heads of State, a design and illustration studio, has some really nice designs in their travel series.  I really like this one, wonder why?


The Emerald City by Heads of State.

I also love this one by Turnstyle Studio. Makes me want to buy new luggage,  dress up, take travel back!  Yeah,  I want my glamour back!


Teague Take Travel Back, design by Turnstyle.

All these posters are giving me some serious wanderlust.  Better go plan a weekend getaway to suffice my craving.  Ooh, maybe I should by a new carry-on. What do you think?

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