Finding Something?

“Airline posters from the 1950s gravitated to focus not much on the airline itself, but to where it could get you.”

—Geza Szurovy

In Geza Szurovy’s 2002 book entitled, “Art of the Airways”, airline posters from the 1950s gravitated to focus not much on the airline itself, but to where it could get you. “The allure of exotic destinations was a strong draw from the beginning,” says Szurovy.

Northwest Orient Airlines, Hawaii, c. 1958

American Airlines, Jet-Powered Electra Powerships, Walter Bomar, c. 1951

Released shortly after the company redid its routes into a connected system, and was renamed American Airlines

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Qantas, Australia, Frank McNamara, c.1955

Qantas poster In North America advertising travel to Australia via Hawaii

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Imperial Airways and Indian-Transcontinental Airways, India, c.1934

Imperial Airways (Before it merged with BOAC) promoting their route to India, Palestine, Iraq, Iranian Gulf (Iran), Burma (Myanmar), Siam (Thailand), and Malaya (Malaysia).

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TWA, Europe, David Klein, c.1956

Europe route poster by David Klein commissioned by TWA (Trans World Airlines) in 1956

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LOT Polish Airlines (Polskie Linie Lotnicze), c.1929

A Polskie Linie Lotnicze poster circa 1929 advertising their hubs and routes before it was renamed to LOT Polish Airlines

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KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Amsterdam to Batavia, Vinci, c.1935

Established in 1919, KLM is the world’s oldest airline still operating under its original name – KLM commissioned Vinci to for their advertisement promoting Amsterdam to Batavia (now Jakarta) route in 1935.

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Air India International, Lockheed Super Constellation, c.1950s

Air India International advertising their Bombay (now Mumbai) – Cairo – Geneva – London route on their Lockheed Super Constellation in early 1950s.

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Services Aeriens Internationaux D’Egypte (SAIDE), c.1947

One of the 5 advertisements commissioned by SAIDE before it was acquired by EgyptAir in 1952.

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SABENA, New York Direct to Moscow, c.1960s

SABENA (now Brussels Airlines) poster from the 1960s promoting their New York to Moscow route on the Boeing “Intercontinental” Jet.

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Imagery Courtesy of The Simmonds Collection

William @ Passport Out

William is the Editor-in-Chief of The Passport Out.

12 Comments
  1. Maggie

    April 25, 2018 10:04 pm

    Love a little history article. Nice! Are they for sale?

  2. Martin G.

    April 26, 2018 12:46 am

    This is really chic

  3. JKaufmann

    April 26, 2018 12:48 am

    that american orient airlines poster is like 8000$ 😱

    • Olivia Law

      April 27, 2018 11:57 am

      All my dreams are shattered! But if it’s vintage id say id even pay more 🤔

  4. tim

    April 26, 2018 1:12 am

    If only ads now are this well-thought of as before!

  5. lee

    April 26, 2018 1:21 am

    very interesting and unique. thanks for sharing

  6. deema khan

    April 27, 2018 11:58 am

    Nice to see india’s national carrier here
    Cheers!

  7. Deccan

    April 27, 2018 12:02 pm

    love how lowkey classy this article is. beautiful

  8. Aaron

    April 27, 2018 12:07 pm

    People wanderlusting since before!

  9. osu19soph1

    April 27, 2018 12:16 pm

    i really appreciate how you featured old airline companies.
    very interesting article, more power.

  10. James Cheung

    May 9, 2018 5:11 pm

    Nice throwback!

  11. nilto makan

    May 9, 2018 5:14 pm

    nothing else surpasses vintage design

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