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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 Monte Carlo Formula One Grand Prix Casino F1 Carpenter
Nov 13, 2:00 PM GMT
Travel Poster Monte Carlo Formula One Grand Prix Casino F1 Carpenter
by Antikbar Original Vintage Posters
Est: £120- £240
£1104 Bids
Great Northern Railway Electric Interlocking Indicator in Wooden Case
Nov 13, 10:00 AM EST
Great Northern Railway Electric Interlocking Indicator in Wooden Case
by Rail and Road Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
Original Vintage 1930s North Cape Ship Travel Poster
Nov 06, 11:00 AM PDT
Original Vintage 1930s North Cape Ship Travel Poster
by PosterConnection Inc.
Est: $700- $1,000
$5001 Bid
Original 1950s Paris Travel Poster SAVIGNAC Art Affiche
Nov 06, 11:00 AM PDT
Original 1950s Paris Travel Poster SAVIGNAC Art Affiche
by PosterConnection Inc.
Est: $600- $800
$2501 Bid
Original 1950s/60s Air India Tokyo Travel Poster
Nov 06, 11:00 AM PDT
Original 1950s/60s Air India Tokyo Travel Poster
by PosterConnection Inc.
Est: $600- $900
$2001 Bid
Travel Poster St Gervais Mont Blanc Alps Ski France
Nov 13, 2:00 PM GMT
Travel Poster St Gervais Mont Blanc Alps Ski France
by Antikbar Original Vintage Posters
Est: £90- £180
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Original 1950s Denmark Travel Poster Nice Vagnby Art
Nov 06, 11:00 AM PDT
Original 1950s Denmark Travel Poster Nice Vagnby Art
by PosterConnection Inc.
Est: $500- $750
$2501 Bid
Original Vintage 1950s German Travel Poster Bodensee
Nov 06, 11:00 AM PDT
Original Vintage 1950s German Travel Poster Bodensee
by PosterConnection Inc.
Est: $500- $750
$2001 Bid
Original Vintage 1950s Ireland Travel Poster Melai Art
Nov 06, 11:00 AM PDT
Original Vintage 1950s Ireland Travel Poster Melai Art
by PosterConnection Inc.
Est: $500- $750
$2001 Bid
ALO (EIGENT. HALLO, CHARLES): "Red Starline".
Nov 04, 9:00 AM CET
ALO (EIGENT. HALLO, CHARLES): "Red Starline".
by Dobiaschofsky Auktionen AG
Est: CHF300- CHF500
CHF2401 Bid
Travel Poster Canadian National Railways Jasper National Park Moose Moon
Nov 13, 2:00 PM GMT
Travel Poster Canadian National Railways Jasper National Park Moose Moon
by Antikbar Original Vintage Posters
Est: £120- £240
£801 Bid
ANONYM: "Berner Oberland".
Nov 04, 9:00 AM CET
ANONYM: "Berner Oberland".
by Dobiaschofsky Auktionen AG
Est: CHF100- CHF150
CHF701 Bid
Travel Poster London Underground Country Walks Cockerel
Nov 13, 2:00 PM GMT
Travel Poster London Underground Country Walks Cockerel
by Antikbar Original Vintage Posters
Est: £150- £300
£1001 Bid
Original Vintage 1950s BOAC Airline Travel Poster UK
Nov 06, 11:00 AM PDT
Original Vintage 1950s BOAC Airline Travel Poster UK
by PosterConnection Inc.
Est: $500- $750
$3501 Bid
Roy Lichtenstein ''Apple'' 1981 Signed Silkscreen Poster
Oct 21, 5:00 PM PDT
Roy Lichtenstein ''Apple'' 1981 Signed Silkscreen Poster
by MBA Seattle Auction LLC
Est: $500- $1,000
$2500 Bids
WEINER, Lawrence (b. 1942). Paradigms suitable for daily use. Lond., Air Gallery
Nov 17, 1:30 PM CET
WEINER, Lawrence (b. 1942). Paradigms suitable for daily use. Lond., Air Gallery
by Burgersdijk & Niermans
Est: €190- €240
€1900 Bids
20th Century Two Line Written In Gold From Quran
Oct 21, 10:00 AM BST
20th Century Two Line Written In Gold From Quran
by Plakas Auctions
Est: £100- £150
£1000 Bids
Group of Cottage pattern Gaudy Welsh porcelain
Nov 20, 9:00 AM EST
Group of Cottage pattern Gaudy Welsh porcelain
by Horst Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$300 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Travel Posters


PosterConnection Inc.

PosterConnection Inc.

Poster Auctions International Inc

Poster Auctions International Inc

Antikbar Original Vintage Posters

Antikbar Original Vintage Posters

Dobiaschofsky Auktionen AG

Dobiaschofsky Auktionen AG