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beautiful vintage travel posters

On 01, Aug 2011 | In Design, History, Selected Posts, Travel & Life | By sue

I love it when arts and education institutions use social media to make art more accessible. The Boston Public Library has an amazing Flickr sharing highlights from their collection of books, prints, memorabilia, and other objects. Yesterday, I got really caught up looking through their set of gorgeous vintage travel posters from the early twentieth century.
The bold, graphic designs so vividly capture the excitement of faraway destinations, both then and now. The distinctive illustration styles and vibrant colors are wonderful, and I also enjoyed the awkward reminders of less politically correct times (…like advertising National Parks as Native Americans’ “hunting grounds of yesterday”). Some of my favorites:

boston public library-travel posters-ussr

boston public library-travel posters-sun vally lodge idaho winter sports

boston public library-travel posters-gilleleje

boston public library-travel posters-holidays in austria-joseph binder

boston public library-travel posters-indian hunting ground national parks-dorothy waugh

boston public library-travel posters-holland

boston public library-travel posters-enjoy gippsland lakes australia-gert sellheim

boston public library-travel posters-winter resort jugoslav riviera

boston public library-travel posters-mexico-carlos ruano llopis

boston public library-travel posters-jungfrau railway switzerland

boston public library-travel posters-orient calls-mune satomi

boston public library-travel posters-alaska via canadian pacific

boston public library-travel posters-australia blue mountains-james northfield

boston public library-travel posters-paris exposition internationale

boston public library-travel posters-cote d'azur-pierre fix-masseau

boston public library-travel posters-see india chhattar manzil lucknow

boston public library-travel posters-italia garda-giuseppe riccobaldi

boston public library-travel posters-gota canal sweden

{images via Boston Public Library}

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