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Vintage travel posters
09:35:58 PM Tuesday Oct 18, 2005

Made a mad dash for the central library when the rain let up during my lunch break. Was keen to see the vintage travel posters exhibit and check out the collection. Some of the posters were really nice, I loved the ones of Mexico and California. The colors felt so warm and inviting on such a cold gray day, I felt like jumping right into the scene, somehow be magically transported to the places displayed in vibrant tones and rich landscapes. Some of the other posters felt more impressive than welcoming, showing grand old royal halls and monuments towering over their surroundings. A lot of the European ones showed means of travel, not just the destinations. At that time a really fast luxurious strong ship or train was an important way to get around, but airplanes were the new cool kid on the block. That was the hip high tech of travel in that era, still not accessible to the masses..except in the artwork and lore of adventure stories about aviation pioneers!
But I was really, really disappointed not to see any posters of North Africa/Africa, the Caribbean, and Asia. Specifically North Africa, some of the different places featured in these travel posters are still presented and advertised in very much the same way today in the modern tourist industry.. exotic women, distant lands, striking landscapes and climates, the sahara dunes and oases complete with turbaned nomads atop their camel, a midnight-blue sky twinkling with stars, passive traditional natives in local costume, edenic fruits, etc...

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6:08 pm    October 19, 2005

Rasta Gnawi message
I love the second picture on the second page: Lac D'Annecy. They all that same faded color look. Very nice.

10:00 am    October 19, 2005

hudhud message
You can see images of some of the posters in the LAPL gallery online:
I wonder how much an original would cost? It's easy to buy a cheap small reproduction, but the originals must be awfully expensive..
Select Vintage art style, vintage ads, vintage travel ads.

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