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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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Travel Movie Tuesday: 'The High and the Mighty'

July 15, 2014 at 2:00 PM | by | Comments (2)

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.

We're heading way way back, 60 years back to be exact, for this weeks travel-themed movie. The High and the Mighty is a 1954 disaster flick from the best-selling book of the same name, which paved the way for more modern movies of a similar genre and eventually the parody film of 'Airplane!'. The movie tackles the unknown of air travel in the '50s and simultaneously reaffirms the fears of nervous flyers and makes a statement of how safe it actually was.

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Travel Movie Tuesday: We Will Never Forget 'An Affair to Remember'

July 1, 2014 at 9:06 AM | 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.

Touted as one of the "greatest love stories of all time," 'An Affair to Remember' is a perfect snapshot back in time, when love was pure and travel was glamorous. A remake of a 1937 film by the same director, this flick added star power to make it more notable. The 1957 film stars Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr as two partnered people who fatefully cross paths while traveling and eventually fall in love.

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Throwback Thursday: What's in Ansett Australia's Amenity Kit?

June 26, 2014 at 1:24 PM | by | Comments (0)

Taking a little bit of Throwback Thursday and blending it with our new series, Inside the Amenity Kit has produced a golden opportunity to highlight a small piece of passenger airline history.

While going through some boxes, we came across a few amenity kits from yesteryear, and one stood out from the rest: a blue travel wallet bearing the name of defunct Aussie airline, Ansett Australia. Like many airlines around the world, the business of this much-loved but weakening carrier was dealt a fatal blow with the September 11 attacks and the resulting depression of the aviation industry.

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Throwback Thursday: Air France's Tummy-Filling Transatlantic Meals on the 707

Where: France
May 22, 2014 at 11:54 AM | 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.

We can only imagine what it would have been like in the mid-1960s, planning a trip to France on one of the new Boeing 707s. Dreaming of nibbling croissants on the street, sampling fine French cuisine, and sipping French vintages would be part of the agenda and Air France knew it. That's why it's no surprise their advertisements highlighted the elaborate meals onboard their jet service from New York, Chicago and LA.

This poster above exhibits the nine essential parts of the service, about which Air France was so proud. Not only would De Luxe Class (business class) passengers be treated to the reduced flying time and comfort of jet service across the Atlantic, but also onboard meals worthy of the Paris route. Taking consistency into consideration, all of these beautiful meals will be served depending on mileage from origin city.

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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: The Private Planes of Yesteryear

March 20, 2014 at 7:55 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.

Last week, we detailed the pluses and minuses of all five major Los Angeles area airports and that was a lot of fun, but you know what's even more fun? Flying out of one of the many other airports almost wholly dedicated to LA's private jet traffic.

A sky full of Gulfstreams, Citations, Learjets, and Hawkers no longer phases us, but once there was a time when private aviation meant boarding a tiny prop much like the Cessna pictured above.

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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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Throwback Thursday: The 1970s Sure Were 'Qantastic'

Where: Australia
January 23, 2014 at 9:50 AM | 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.

We can probably all agree that the 1970s weren't exactly a standout decade for fashion, hairstyles and politics. However, it was during this time that many international airlines hit their stride with jet travel, just as it became the fashion for the average person to dump their disposable income into discovering new corners of the planet.

We can look to Qantas for some of the biggest milestones of the 70s and, no doubt, they're ready to celebrate via Instagram.

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Throwback Thursday: Did You Know United Airlines Once Had Helicopters to Disneyland?

January 16, 2014 at 10:31 AM | by | Comment (1)

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 collection of National Geographic magazines from decades past may take up shelf space, but it’s hardly something to take for granted. We recently leafed through a few mid-1960s issues from the small library in the lobby of Miami’s Freehand Hotel, and struck retro travel ad gold in this United page touting their helicopter transfer service from LAX.

These were the days of Boeing 707s, United’s campaign as “the extra care airline,” and obviously putting far too much text in magazine ads. The fine print explains it all:

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