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Travel Posters

Beckoning travelers to distant and glamorous destinations, full-color and dazzling posters were used by travel agencies and visitors bureaus to woo the vacationer to distant and exotic places. Travel posters began as advertising, not art, and sold the allure of travel itself. In their ability to awaken one’s dreams of exploration, sense of adventure, and desire to experience the world anew, they remain one of the most popular and collectible types of posters to date.

The first half of the 20th century marked the gilded age of travel, when the journey was equally important to the destination, and the elegant affair of boarding the airplane or the ocean liner meant dressing for the occasion of travel. The early to mid-20th century also marked an incredible time for the graphic arts and design as the swirling, whiplash curves found in Art Nouveau gave way to the symmetry and geometry of Art Deco.

The cerebral and soaring posters by A.M. Cassandre of the ocean liners the Normandie, Statendam and Atlantique ocean liners, which epitomized modern travel in the Industrial Age. Boasting every locale traveler could dream of, the vintage travel poster could be found on booths and railways stations across America and Europe.


Quick Facts

  • NASA created a series of posters echoing the WPA’s mid-1930’s travel prints advertising four potentially habitable exo-planets as interstellar tourist destinations
  • In June of 2014, the 1931 poster “L’Atlantique,” by A.M. Cassandre, was auctioned off by Christie’s London for $50,880
  • Between the 1890s and 1930s, Viennese merchant Julius Paul collected more than 6,000 posters. Swann auctioned his collection, estimating that the value of his 200 finest travel posters ranged from $400 to $7500

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Travel Poster Trans World Airlines TWA Italy Naples Bay Amalfi Coast
Mar 23, 2:00 PM GMT
Travel Poster Trans World Airlines TWA Italy Naples Bay Amalfi Coast
by Antikbar Original Vintage Posters
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Travel Poster Bad Ragaz Switzerland
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Travel Poster Bad Ragaz Switzerland
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Est: £300- £600
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TWO FRAMED TRAVEL POSTERS
Mar 05, 10:00 AM GMT
TWO FRAMED TRAVEL POSTERS
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Travel Poster London Underground Soho Philip Sutton
Mar 23, 2:00 PM GMT
Travel Poster London Underground Soho Philip Sutton
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Est: £300- £600
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Travel Poster Ticino Tessin Switzerland
Mar 23, 2:00 PM GMT
Travel Poster Ticino Tessin Switzerland
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Est: £240- £480
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Travel Poster Lausanne Ouchy Tennis Switzerland
Mar 23, 2:00 PM GMT
Travel Poster Lausanne Ouchy Tennis Switzerland
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TWO FRAMED TRAVEL POSTERS
Mar 06, 10:00 AM GMT
TWO FRAMED TRAVEL POSTERS
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Travel Poster London Underground City Farms Lizzie Riches
Mar 23, 2:00 PM GMT
Travel Poster London Underground City Farms Lizzie Riches
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Est: £180- £360
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Travel Poster Isle Of Man Ramsey Manx Railway
Mar 23, 2:00 PM GMT
Travel Poster Isle Of Man Ramsey Manx Railway
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Est: £120- £240
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Travel Poster Prien Am Chiemsee Spa Oberbayern Bavaria Germany
Mar 23, 2:00 PM GMT
Travel Poster Prien Am Chiemsee Spa Oberbayern Bavaria Germany
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Est: £240- £480
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Travel Poster Southern Airline USA Cayman Islands Grand Cayman British West Indies
Mar 23, 2:00 PM GMT
Travel Poster Southern Airline USA Cayman Islands Grand Cayman British West Indies
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Est: £300- £600
£2001 Bid
Travel Poster LMS Connemara Paul Henry Ireland This Year
Mar 23, 2:00 PM GMT
Travel Poster LMS Connemara Paul Henry Ireland This Year
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Est: £450- £900
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Travel Poster Imperial Airways British Airways London Paris
Mar 23, 2:00 PM GMT
Travel Poster Imperial Airways British Airways London Paris
by Antikbar Original Vintage Posters
Est: £450- £900
£3001 Bid
Travel Poster Normandie Normandy France SNCF
Mar 23, 2:00 PM GMT
Travel Poster Normandie Normandy France SNCF
by Antikbar Original Vintage Posters
Est: £270- £540
£1801 Bid
Travel Poster Union Line Shipping New Zealand Australia
Mar 23, 2:00 PM GMT
Travel Poster Union Line Shipping New Zealand Australia
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Est: £450- £900
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Travel Poster Mt Buffalo Australia Victorian Railways
Mar 23, 2:00 PM GMT
Travel Poster Mt Buffalo Australia Victorian Railways
by Antikbar Original Vintage Posters
Est: £600- £1,200
£4001 Bid
Travel Poster Clan Map Scotland
Mar 23, 2:00 PM GMT
Travel Poster Clan Map Scotland
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Est: £120- £240
£801 Bid
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Est: $125- $175
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Travel Poster El Al Israel Airlines Copenhagen Reisinger
Mar 23, 2:00 PM GMT
Travel Poster El Al Israel Airlines Copenhagen Reisinger
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Est: £240- £480
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Travel Poster See Europe by Imperial Airways Airline
Mar 23, 2:00 PM GMT
Travel Poster See Europe by Imperial Airways Airline
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Est: £300- £600
£2001 Bid
Travel Poster Tivoli Park Copenhagen Art Deco Clown Denmark
Mar 23, 2:00 PM GMT
Travel Poster Tivoli Park Copenhagen Art Deco Clown Denmark
by Antikbar Original Vintage Posters
Est: £210- £420
£1401 Bid
Travel Poster Ice Palace Eispalast Jungfraujoch MOB Switzerland
Mar 23, 2:00 PM GMT
Travel Poster Ice Palace Eispalast Jungfraujoch MOB Switzerland
by Antikbar Original Vintage Posters
Est: £300- £600
£2001 Bid
Travel Poster Lake Thun Switzerland Bernese Oberland
Mar 23, 2:00 PM GMT
Travel Poster Lake Thun Switzerland Bernese Oberland
by Antikbar Original Vintage Posters
Est: £240- £480
£1601 Bid
Travel Poster Senegal Africa Parc National du Niokolo-Koba Antelope
Mar 23, 2:00 PM GMT
Travel Poster Senegal Africa Parc National du Niokolo-Koba Antelope
by Antikbar Original Vintage Posters
Est: £180- £360
£1200 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Travel Posters


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Antikbar Original Vintage Posters

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Clarke Auction Gallery

Clarke Auction Gallery