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7 Vintage Travel Ads That Will Take You Back in Time

7 Vintage Travel Ads That Will Take You Back in Time
7 Vintage Travel Ads That Will Take You Back in Time
The 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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    7 Vintage Travel Ads That Will Take You Back in Time
    7 Vintage Travel Ads That Will Take You Back in Time
    The 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.

    Photo by Kristian Sagia/Flickr
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    American Tourister
    American Tourister
    This 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.” 

    Photo by Classic Film/Flickr
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    Trans World Airlines
    Trans World Airlines
    It wouldn’t be hard to convince us to jump on a plane and fly to Egypt in the first place, but this Trans World Airlines advertisement is really making us consider buying tickets to see the Pyramids of Giza right now.

    Photo by Kristian Sagia/Flickr
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    Cunard Cruise Line
    Cunard Cruise Line
    In 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!

    Photo by alsis35/Flickr
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    Delta Airlines
    Delta Airlines
    Back 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.

    Photo by Tom Simpson/Flickr
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    Samsonite Luggage
    Samsonite Luggage
    “If you traveled the way your luggage does, would you look as good as Samsonite?”

    Whether we were driving from San Francisco to Los Angeles, or making a cross-country trip from Seattle to Boston, our answer to that question would most definitely have to be no.

    Photo by Classic Film/Flickr
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    Alaska Airlines
    Alaska Airlines
    This advertisement for Alaska Airlines really has us inspired to visit the last U.S. frontier.

    Rare wildlife, endless nature, and unique culture? Count us in, Alaska. This advertisement did its job.

    Photo by Kristian Sagia/Flickr
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    Econo-Travel
    Econo-Travel
    Before 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.

    Photo by Jamie/Flickr
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