As much as I love looking at high res travel photos, I find vintage travel ads just as inspiring. Eye-catching posters were used long before travel brochures and photo websites to entice tourists to fabulous destinations all over the world. Produced by some of the best graphic artists and designers of the day, these vintage travel ads are works of art in their own right.
Via Haus Design: Vintage Travel Posters
The elephant is so cute. Who wouldn't want to visit? More great vintage travel ads to come.
Via Havana- Welcome To Cuba Masterprint ...
Doesn't she just make you want to get sashaying to sexy Cuban rhythms.
All wave to the people up top.
This reminds me of my childhood holidays in Cornwall.
A classic image for a classic city.
Via Shine United
Loving how the train engine is cheese colored.
This one doesn't seem that "Australian" to me!
A classic depiction of Diamond Head
I'm ready to strap on you water skis - are you?
Don't you find it interesting that the 1950's stylisation of a jet airplane looks uncannily like a space shuttle?
Not much has changed in Venice in many decades.
Probably one of the most unrealistic vintage travel ads out there. Denmark is a fabulous country but that picture is not representative.
I wonder if when they designed this they would have ever imagined dog passports and dogs traveling by airplane.
Check out how much jewelry this gorgeous beach babe is
From the days when American tourists had a love affair with Haiti. Haiti was once the most popular destination in the Caribbean.
Can you imagine that leg room and space on an airplane today/
Even in black and white Australia is enticing.
Via United Airlines San Francisco c.1950 ...
This one captures everything tourists know and love about San Fran.
Who could resist that ocean?
Via Enormous Flowers
What a riot of color.
The elk is a magnificent specimen isn't he?
What family could resist the promise of so much fun?
Remember those days you didn't have to pay extra for airline food?
Can you imagine a poster for Disney these days being so muted and understated?
So stylish, so simple, so French!
The Land of the Alps. Says it all doesn't it.
How they used to advertise Machu Picchu
Fashionable ladies take the train!
Am loving the use of Soviet gray to promote one of the great Russian cities.
This charming picture would certainly induce me to book a trip to Hawaii.
Fancy a trip to the Emerald Isle?
What a great depiction of Montana.
The essence of Brittany.
These days we're more likely to be seduced by the white sand beaches of Boracay.
How cool is it that they featured women fishing in the Gallatin River rather than men?
So simple, so effective, so bang on point.
All year round advertising on one travel poster.
A fountain as the focal point promises dramatic sighs on the streets of the Windy City.
Via Hey Oscar Wilde!
Is it my imagination or is that Doctor Who's TARDIS in the bottom left?
A timeless message that never changes.
Minimalist yet effective - the essence of Japan.
Via Carteles y afiches de viajes ...
The sweeping bay of Naples takes center stage.
Travel by bus to see the best the US has to offer.
Sultry Spanish ladies still beckon you to sample the charms of the Iberian Peninsula.
I think this couild be any ancient city in Mediterranean Europe.
A stylized skyline that is instantly recognizable as Europe.
It's good to be reminded of all these once famous airlines that no longer exist.
The message couldn't be more clear.
Whatever the product beautiful women have always been at the heart of advertising.
This is one of the vintage travel ads that truly displays the classic art deco design.
Travel posters are also a great source of he fashions of the day.
Now you know what enticed all those passengers on board the greatest ocean-going liner the world had ever seen.
Are you loving these posters? Do you have a favorite?
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