An ode to vintage travel: 1950’s and 1960’s

Tourism is a never-ending story of travel tales, hopes and dreams, and it’s constantly developing to meet the needs and demands of travelers. So let’s stop time for a moment to appreciate what once was, and let’s have a look at the glamorous world of vintage travel. Here’s a selection of my personal favorite photographies from that era.


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1st class was a big deal back in the days! Decade: 1950’s



Ladies who lunch. Berlin in the 1950’s (notice the view to the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche) 


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Pedestrians waiting to cross in West Hollywood. Decade: 1960’s

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The original ‘girl from Ipanema’, Help Pinheiro, at the beach in 1960’s

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More beach babes from Rio: locals enjoying life at the beach in 1960’s


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A glimpse of two girls having coffee at an outdoor café in Paris. Decade: 1950’s



All sorts of vehicles at ‘Strøget’ in Copenhagen in the 1950’s (notice the well-dressed man on the bike to the right!)


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Passengers enjoying a feast on 1st class onboard a PanAm aircraft in late 1960’s



Girls posing for the camera on the streets of Amsterdam. Decade: 1960’s


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A woman disembarking a train in 1950’s. Photo by Allan Grant.


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A passender onboard a British Airways aircraft freshens up in the powder room. Decade: 1950’s


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Two women waving at the cable car in Rio de Janeiro in 1950’s. The Sugarloaf cable car has been renewed, but it still exists today.


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Tourists on top of The Empire State Building in the 1950’s


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Travellers at a motel in Las Vegas. Decade: 1950’s


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Lovers crossing the street in Las Vegas in 1950’s



Sisters enjoying breakfast on first class while crossing the Atlantic in the 1950’s


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Woman looking over Paris (and the Eiffel Tower) in 1960


All photos shown above belong to their respective owners and are only used as a source of inspiration. 

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