During the Golden Age of Travel in the first half of the 20th Century, beautiful travel posters were created by some of the world’s most interesting artists. Graphic design transformed the poster from just a painting into an emotion—the sense of wonder at discovering new places! Step into the past, sipping cocktails, wearing fur coats, and traveling the world by cruise ship and airplane, and see how the world’s most popular tourist destinations were depicted in the 1900s-1960s.
France is the most popular tourist destination in the world. Over 80 million people visit France every year. Paris is known as the City of Lights, and this vintage poster by David Klein for Trans World Airlines captures the heart of the city in a few simple strokes.
Paris isn’t the only attraction in France. There’s art and culture, food and fashion, architecture, and the beautiful beaches of the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. Hit up the beaches and dainty towns of Brittany by car or train in 1954!
Paris might be the City of Lights, but New York is the city that never sleeps—blaring with energy and light, David Klein captures the essence of Time’s Square. The United States is the world’s second most popular tourist destination for a reason, every year 75 million people visit the United States.
America’s natural beauty is a huge draw for tourists—but that wasn’t always the case! It was only in the 1930s that the government created the national parks and promoted them with a series of beautiful posters that revealed amazing natural monuments to the public. Imagine seeing an image of the Grand Canyon or Yosemite for the first time—ever!