Thursday, 18 September 2014

Vintage Travel Posters - part 2

Travel posters are an ever-popular aspect of graphic design. I thought I would feature a broad spectrum of posters from the first half of the C20th, the golden age of the travel poster probably being associated with the 1920s and 1930s with posters by artists like Roger Broders, featuring sunny Mediterranean scenes.

This is part 2 of an 8 - part post on vintage travel posters. For earlier works see part 1.



Leslie Ragan Posters

Leslie Ragan was born in 1897 and grew up in Iowa, USA. Ragan was a mostly self-taught artist, although he did the Cumming School of Art in Des Moines, Iowa. He served in the Air Force in in World War One, and upon returning studied for a single semester at the Art Institute of Chicago. In the early 1920s he went on to teach at the Academy of Fine Arts, Chicago. By 1930 he had relocated to New York and had begun painting for the New York Central Lines company. "Chicago" (1929) was Ragan's first poster for New York Central Lines.



1927 Hudson Lake 
poster by Leslie Ragan

1927 Indiana Dunes 
poster by Leslie Ragan

1927 Moonlight in Duneland 
poster by Leslie Ragan

1927 South Shore Line 
poster by Leslie Ragan

1927 The Dunes 
poster by Leslie Ragan

1928 Duneland Beaches 
poster by Leslie Ragan

1929 Chicago 
poster by Leslie Ragan

1930 Cleveland, Ohio 
poster by Leslie Ragan

1934 Holiday Haunts 
poster by Leslie Ragan

1934 Hudson River 
poster by leslie Ragan

1934 Niagara Falls 
poster by Leslie Ragan

1934 West Point 
poster by Leslie Ragan

1935 Cincinnati 
poster by Leslie Ragan

1935 New York 
poster by Leslie Ragan

1936 Rockefeller Center 
poster by Leslie Ragan

1938 The New 20th Century Limited 
poster by Leslie Ragan

1941 The New Empire State Express 
poster by Leslie Ragan

1943 We Shall Not Fail 
poster by Leslie Ragan

1946 New York Central System 
poster by Leslie Ragan

1947 Highlands of the Hudson 
poster by Leslie Ragan


Roger Broders Posters
Roger Broders (1883 Paris - 1953 Paris) was a French illustrator and was considered the best travel poster artist of his era. His posters are highly sought after and command higher prices than many of his contemporaries.
Broders designed stylish images of fashionable resorts of the 1920s and 30s, which are now the most collectable. His use of bright colours and fashionable type fonts created a strong visual impression and would seem to represent the epitome of the modern travel poster.


1922 Simplon-Orient-Express 
poster by Roger Broders

1925 Menton 
poster by Roger Broders

1928-32 Le Hohwald 
poster by Roger Broders

1929c Winter Sports 
poster by Roger Broders

1930 Monte-Carlo 
poster by Roger Broders

1930c Dunkerque 
poster by Roger Broders

1930c Golden Mountain Pullman Express 
poster by Roger Broders

1930c Winter Sports 
poster by Roger Broders

1930s Grenoble 
poster by Roger Broders

1931c Cote d'Azur 
poster by Roger Broders

1932 Bandol 
poster by Roger Broders

Antibes 
poster by Roger Broders

Corsica 
poster by Roger Broders

Marseille 
poster by Roger Broders

Monaco, Monte-Carlo 
poster by Roger Broders

Paris-Lyon-Mediterranean 
poster by Roger Broders

Sainte-Maxime, France 
poster by Roger Broders

The Rhine 
poster by Roger Broders

Vichy 
poster by Roger Broders

Villard de Lans 
poster by Roger Broders

Villers sur Mer 
poster by Roger Broders

Visit India 
poster by Roger Broders

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1930c Col de Bacella, Corsica 
poster by Cossard

1930c Italian Lakes

1930c Mont - Daint - Michel 
poster by L. Pecheuy

1930c Pierrefonds 
poster by J. C. Aubry

1930c See India 
poster by C. D. Deuskar

1930c Yangtze Gorges

1930s Champagne 
poster by A. Moluggon

1930s Come to Tokyo

1930s National Parks 
poster by Dorothy Waugh

1930s National Parks 
poster by Dorothy Waugh

1931c L'Atlantique 
poster by Adolphe Mouron Cassandre

1932 Chatel-Guyon, Auvergne, France 
poster by Robert Falcucci

1932 Monaco 
poster by Robert Falcucci

1932 Your Continental Holiday 
poster by Peter Irwin Brown

1933 Chicago World's Fair

1934 New Mexico and Arizona Rockies 
poster by Kenneth and William Willmarth

1934 Pacific Northwest 
poster by Oscar Bryn

1934 See India 
poster by Vic Veevers

4 comments:

  1. Amazing! Thank you for posting these beauties

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  2. Hey Paul - just want to say thank you for compiling these amazing pieces of work - just found your blog - kind regards from London! :)

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  3. Here's a (link to) a photo of my 20th Century Limited station poster, found at an industrial auction a few decades ago and professionally framed. Measures about 38" by 28"

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1115574908458548&l=74933123aa

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