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.


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) 


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

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

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


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!)


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


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


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


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.


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


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


Lovers crossing the street in Las Vegas in 1950’s


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


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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