There once was a time when people couldn't rely on Instagram to convey the beauty of a place to others. Instead, they used these now vintage travel posters.

People can spend years writing about a specific place and its people; so how do we present our best selves to “the unknown” with only color and a sheet of paper? While modernism and all of its “instant” capacities are all the rage, there is still a place in the art world that holds tight to its older sensibilities. And the rich, graphically simplistic art of vintage travel posters is as varied as the countries that they represent.

Whether originating from a travel agency, tourism department or airway, they strike with an instant attraction intended to lure the potential traveler to part with a lump sum of money and head off to their unique destination. Decades of posters from dozens of countries have created a specific niche for art collectors; many of these vintage posters capture a perfect (and occasionally propagandistic) snapshot of the culture they depict. Combining beauty and history, this particular medium has retained popularity well past its heyday:

Vintage Travel Posters Australia
Vintage Travel Poster For Australia
Vintage Travel Posters Austria
Vintage Travel Posters Vienna
These Vintage Travel Posters Will Make You Want To Say “Bon Voyage” To The Present
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Erin Kelly
Erin Kelly
Erin Kelly is a freelance writer, artist and video editor that splits her time between the humid Midwest and the dusty corners of her mind.
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