Art of Travel: Vintage Travel Posters

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Starting in the late 19th-century, long before television and radio advertising, artful posters enticed, if not seduced, consumers to discover far-off places and exotic destinations. While leisure travel endures as one of life’s great aspirations and rewards, its advent and Golden Age were especially delectable. First there were voyages by sea, followed by the steady rise of pleasure excursions by rail and road before and after the WWI era, and then the excitement of the skies after WWII. Ian Fleming captures this early jet-age buzz in his 1959 book Thrilling Cities, that chronicles the Bond author’s visits to 14 “sin infested” destinations around the globe. In 1962, the first 007 film, Dr. No, helped fuel a generation’s lust for exotic travel.

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