- 1 / 97 Vintage Travel Ads That Will Take You Back in TimeThe way we travel isn’t the only thing that’s changed due to technological advancements over the years. The way we learn about travel has also evolved immensely as a result. Scroll through the slideshow to check out seven vintage travel advertisements that are taking us back in time—and across the globe—reminding us of exploration before the high-tech age.
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- 2 / 9American TouristerThis popular advertisement series for American Tourister luggage in the 1970s was based on letters written by the company’s customers, documenting peculiar situations in which their luggage survived destruction.
This ad features the story of a Texas man traveling in Mexico whose two-ton car overturned on top of his luggage—and remained that way for 10 hours—but everything inside remained intact. The ad goes on to read, “We’ve even had a letter from people in Pennsylvania whose home was completely demolished by an explosion. Under all the wreckage they found their American Touristers. Intact. But that’s another incredible ad.”
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- 4 / 9Cunard Cruise LineIn the 1840s, the first Cunard shipping line left from the shores of the United Kingdom for the United States. Between 1860 and 1900, over 11 million emigrants crossed the Atlantic, about a third of them leaving from Liverpool, Cunard’s home port.
By mid-20th century, Cunard became a more glamorous means of transportation between the United States and Europe, with many Hollywood greats—including Liz Taylor—sailing the luxurious line between the two continents. Getting there is half the fun!
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- 5 / 9Delta AirlinesBack in the day, being a flight attendant was as much about presentation and appearance as it was about hard work. We’d like to imagine this stewardess was serving these passengers aboard a flight from New York City to Paris.
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- 8 / 9Econo-TravelBefore it was renamed as Econo Lodge, this hotel—located in destinations across the United States and Canada—was called Econo-Travel. According to this advertisement, each room had a double bed, TV, and air conditioning, all for $12.95.
“Are you kidding me?” was our reaction, too.
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