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For Sale: Humphrey Bogart's Monogrammed Steamer Trunk

March 26, 2015 at 12:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

The estate of legendary screen icon Lauren Bacall, who passed away last August, has put up seemingly everything from her sprawling Central Park apartment up for auction with auction house Bonhams.

The bidding will begin next Tuesday on March 31 and while some of you might be interested in the hundreds of china pieces Bacall had in her apartment, along with exquisite furniture, incredible brooches, original artwork and, randomly, her book collection (most with inscribed notes from the author to Bacall), we're most interested in this steamer trunk owned by Humphrey Bogart, Bacall's first husband (and one true love. Or so we like to think.)

The Hartmann "Turn Table" steamer trunk is monogrammed with HDB, Bogart's initials. It was probably made and acquired sometime in the early 20th century as train travel was picking up around the country. Indeed, that's around the time when Hartmann, founded in 1871, began making their steamer trunks. According to company history, in 1923, Hartmann rolled out a cushion top wardrobe trunk which kept coat hangers in place to prevent creasing and thus, it became a huge fan of celebrities. Bogart apparently was one of them.

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Throwback Thursday: The Fast Way to the Philippines in 1947

March 19, 2015 at 4:22 PM | by | Comments (0)

Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't get 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.

It wasn't all that long ago that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) lifted the ban on airlines from the Philippines owing the country's abysmal aviation safety record. In fact, that was only last year. Still, it's taken a little time to coordinate a return of flights, and now Philippine Airlines renewed flights to New York only this week (via Vancouver). The flight time will be approximately 18.5 hours.

That's modernity for you, as this vintage ad (placed in The Atlantic in 1947) advertises that "the Philippines are coming closer," thanks to a more liberal government and new inclusion in the Round The World voyage on American President Lines. That voyage, mind you, includes port calls at 23 ports in 14 countries, and you can bet it's longer than 18.5 hours. Try several months at sea before Manila.

[Photo: jbcurio]

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Throwback Thursday: Peeking Inside a US Passport from 1952

July 24, 2014 at 1:53 PM | by | Comments (0)

Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't get 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.

While rifling though some old documents, we happened upon a US passport issued in 1952. Although there are few stamps over which to "ooh" and "aah," the design and requirements within the tiny book did open our eyes a bit as to how restrictive world travel was for the average American.

As you're no doubt aware, World Wars I and II really messed up international relations. As citizens of one of the victors, US travelers were at least more free than most when it came to crossing borders, but some countries still remained on the hot list.

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Throwback Thursday: A Look at the Former PEOPLExpress

June 12, 2014 at 11:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

For this edition of Throwback Thursday let’s go back to a time where there was no high definition, no streaming content, and definitely no in-flight WiFi—the 1980s. With PEOPLExpress back in the news we figured we’d take a look at what was going on decades ago, and the best part is that their fares haven't much increased in price.

Here’s a couple vintage advertisements that may or may not have first aired before we were teething. One touts the straightforward approach of the airline, and how they’re free from the “double-talk” of some other carriers. The other shows off some $59 and $79 fares to and from New York.

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Travel Movie Tuesday: 'North by Northwest' is More Than a Direction

June 10, 2014 at 12:09 PM | by | Comments (0)

From Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck falling in love in Rome to Julia Roberts circling the globe to find herself, film has played an important role in shaping both the golden years and current day of travel. Thus, we present our newest series, Travel Movie Tuesday, where we detail the most inspiring travel films.

Planes, trains and automobiles along with a good sprinkling of fancy hotels are in the spotlight for the 1959 Alfred Hitchcock suspense film, "North by Northwest." Starring Cary Grant as a New York advertising exec who gets tangled in a web of mistaken identity, the film showcases the best of most forms of transportation from 55 years ago.

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Throwback Thursday: A Very Good Variety of Vintage Airline Posters

May 1, 2014 at 12:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't get 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.

The Simmons Collection boasts that it's the "World's Largest Collection of Vintage Airline Posters." For such a claim, the treasure trove of images must be grand and, luckily, it so is.

View the collection at their official site.

With 120 posters per page, and pages that seem in endless supply, the collection is at least good for a serious boost of design inspiration. If, however, you're inspired to do more than just look, Swann Galleries in NYC occasionally auctions meticulously preserved originals. Bring your black card; these vintage works of commercial illustration can fetch anywhere from $5,000 to $155,000 each.

[Photo: vintageairlineposters]

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Greetings from Boston Library's Collection of 25,000 Vintage Postcards

April 25, 2014 at 5:11 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last winter, the Museum of Fine Art in Boston mounted one of our favorite travel art exhibitions ever, "The Postcard Age."

While that has sadly ended, Boston continues the postcard fascination this year with the release of the Boston Public Library's extensive collection of US state tourist cards from the 1940s-50s, all onto Flickr. The collection includes 894 from Texas, a staggering 3,000 from Florida, and a hometown variety of 808 from Boston itself. Almost all states are represented, each with their own Flickr gallery and Creative Commons permissions to allow for greater sharing.

[Images: Boston Public Library]

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Throwback Thursday: Jaunted's Own First Flight Memories

March 6, 2014 at 2:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

A trip down memory lane is always fun, and for this Throwback Thursday we're taking a stroll down our own. We asked a few of our own contributors to think way, way back to the first time they stepped foot on a plane and share what the experience was like.

Whether it was a family trip to Disney World or seeing Grandma for Thanksgiving, the memories involve some airlines no longer in the skies and some that've endured the test of time:

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Why 20,000 Well-Dressed Guests Took Over Disneyland for 'Dapper Day'

February 24, 2014 at 4:58 PM | by | Comments (0)

For lovers of fashion, history, and a bit of good fun, there are plenty of "throwback" events in the year's social calendar. These primarily happen on the east coast—for example there are vintage baseball games and NYC's summer-favorite Jazz Age Lawn Party—but sometimes the west coast gets in on the retro fun as well.

Case in point: Dapper Day at Disneyland. The event began in 2011, with a few hundred amusement park-goers donning their best vintage duds to enjoy Disneyland the way Walt Disney envisioned it: with families dressed in suits and skirts instead of fanny packs and cargo shorts. Now, Dapper Day attracts around 20,000 (the "dapper" folk nearly outnumber regular visitors) in the one day, and it's spread to include the Disney parks in Orlando and Paris.

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Delta Does It Again with Totally Rad 1980s-Inspired Safety Video

January 30, 2014 at 2:51 PM | by | Comments (0)

We hate to ruin the surprise in advance of your next flight with Delta, but we have to tell you that the airline has another great safety video. We imagine that the holiday video from late last year has run its course, and this new one even features the updated rules and regulations about keeping those electronic doodads on and operating during takeoff and landing.

This time Delta is going back in the time machine, as they plan a visit—and a tribute—to all things 1980s. It looks like things were uploaded to YouTube just yesterday, and we’re hoping that things are also added into the seatback screen as soon as possible.

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Onboard the NYC Subway's 1930s Vintage Train (and How You Can Still Catch It)

December 16, 2013 at 12:27 PM | by | Comments (0)

What is, in our own opinion, the coolest event of the holiday season in New York City is almost over, but you've still got one more chance to hop onboard the MTA Nostalgia Train.

The holiday “Nostalgia Special” is a regular subway train, running on the M line from Queens Plaza to 2nd Avenue, and it's made up of historic cars from the 1930s through the 1980s. It operates on Sundays only, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., on December 1, 8, 15 and 22. That leaves December 22.

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How to Ride New York City's Historic Subway Trains and Buses During December 2013

December 3, 2013 at 10:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

'Tis the season for New York City to unearth its transportation gems in the name of holiday fun, as the Big Apple again runs their special annual historic subway trains and city buses.

The subway train is the main attraction, and though it's technically called the "Nostalgia Shoppers' Special Train," you'll hear it referred to as the "vintage train" much more often. Clanking down the rails between Queens and the East Village, the train is an amalgam of rolling stock from the 1930s through 1950s.

A ride on the train costs the same as every other MTA ride—$2.25—and passengers are allowed to hop on/off at any stop just as if it were a normal subway train; the big difference is that the vintage train quickly turns into a party!

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