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Throwback Thursday: 15 Hours to Buenos Aires on Panagra
Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't that way overnight. Every Thursday, we're going to take a look back at travel the way it used to be, whether that's decades or centuries ago. This is Throwback Thursday, travel edition.
Never heard of Panagra? We wouldn't expect you to, since the heyday of this airlinea partnership between Pan Am and Grace Shipping Companyhappened back in the 1940s and '50s. Panagra exclusively specialized in routes from the United States to South America, routes instrumental in the founding and expansion of Pan Am Guesthouses, what you may know better today as InterContinental Hotels.
This particular magazine ad flaunts their direct service from New York to Buenos Aires on the DC-8s jets, a journey lasting some 15 hours one-way. Today, and since the 1990s, you'll find American Airlines on the route, a nonstop journey of 10 hours on a Boeing 777.
To view more classic ads like this, visit the "Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life" exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery (and do so before the exhibit closes September 15).