Travel history is as interesting to me as travel itself. It’s a topic I touch upon often here at Ellie & Co. So far, we’ve enjoyed reminiscing over this nostalgic travel magazine1960s aeroplane interiors, vintage caravan brochures, the lost art of the hotel luggage label and airline luggage label, discovered what it took to become a stewardess in the 1960s, travelled to Beirut in the 1960s, Brighton in the 1950s and gone camping in the 1970s. Today, I’m diving into the world of tourism advertising having found a collection of old-school travel posters for sale in this Etsy shop.

Original vintage tourism posters

There’s something so appealing about tourism posters, how they connect, draw us in and stop us in our tracks. Nowadays, we can’t get enough of them. A few years ago, Christie’s sold its highest-grossing travel poster in history when a Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s Moulin Rouge lithograph went for £314,500, double the original estimate! These ones on Etsy aren’t so expensive, starting at £190 but still hitting £8,500! If you’re tempted, double-clicking each picture will take you to its Etsy page. Bon voyage!

See the whole collection on Etsy here

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