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Throwback Thursday: The Awesome Airplane Coach Lounges of the 1970s

December 11, 2014 at 1:13 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.

Before airlines considered the economy cabin worthy of nothing more than a seat 18" wide and about 8 peanuts as a complimentary snack, it used to be they would reward any passenger flying one of their newest planes with an in-flight lounge experience.

The onboard First Class lounges of the 1970s are things of legend, of course, but what about coach? On selected aircraft, they too enjoyed a dedicated space for enjoying in-flight diversions like gossiping, having a cocktail, card-playing and, in the case of American Airlines' 747-100 Coach Lounge, even piano-playing.

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Throwback Thursday: An In-Flight Snack Attack on Air France in 1958

November 13, 2014 at 3:12 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.

For all we talk about in-flight meals, you might think that praising (or criticizing) what's served onboard where is a new concept. A 1958 Air France postcard we acquired proves that obsession with in-flight food is hardly anything new.

Written by an American onboard a flight from Rome to Paris during a European "Grand Tour," the traveler is surprised, in a good way, by the food offered on the flight. On a similar Air France route today, you might be lucky to receive a complimentary beverage and perhaps a croissant.

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Where to See the Famous Pan Am Globe of Juan Trippe

November 4, 2014 at 10:15 AM | by | Comments (0)

The news these last few days has featured much about the boundaries and challenges for the future of travel, and how space is not only important for transportation, but imagination. Altogether it has reminded us of a famous quote from Pan Am's Juan Trippe:

Mass travel by air - made possible in the jet age - may prove to be more significant to world destiny than the atom bomb. For there can be no atom bomb potentially more powerful than the air tourist, charged with curiosity, enthusiasm, and good will, who can roam the four corners of the world, meeting in friendship and understanding the people of other nations and races.

Trippe's office globe, on which he planned Pan Am's route expansion, has been preserved within the Smithsonian's archives. Visitors may see it, along with other Pan Am historical items, in the "America by Air" exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC.

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Three Drive-In Movie Theaters with Halloween Film Festivals

October 17, 2014 at 3:12 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you're a scary movie fan you know October is the most wonderful time of the year. And, a few of the country's remaining Drive-In theaters have special events and screenings planned all month long just for you. Check out what three of the best Drive-Ins are doing to celebrate Halloween.

Electric Dusk Drive-In

Electric Dusk Drive-In in downtown Los Angeles is one of the only Drive-Ins where you can watch your favorite movies against a major city skyline. Tickets are $11 per person. If you'd rather be out under the stars, Astroturf tickets are $9. VIP tickets with admission for four people plus snacks is $50. Next weekend the theater is getting into the spirit with Two Nights of Halloween featuring Rosemary's Baby and Friday The 13th.

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The Little Things: How Condor Airlines Remembers Retro Style

October 7, 2014 at 1:50 PM | by | Comments (0)

In the midst of the bustle of travel, it's all too easy to overlook the details. We're talking about special touches others have stressed over just so you can enjoy a unique experience, whether you know it or not. Every so often we'll highlight The Little Things like this, so now you will know.

All too often these days, airline passengers moan that the the glamor has gone from travel. While it's true that legroom is decreasing and a full, complimentary steak dinner is no longer the norm onboard, the Frankfurt-based leisure airline Condor refuses to let every smidgeon of retro style and comfort be lost to the ages. In fact, Condor slips historical hints of the jet age into each of their flights today.

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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]