18 Vintage-style Travel Prints We Love
In the early part of the 20th century, railway companies would hang posters in rail stations to promote new destinations.
And when commercial aviation took off, airlines took note and started advertising in the same way. They would hire artists to create beautiful, bold illustrations of exotic destinations around the globe that were only reachable by air travel.
Of course, back then, using these posters for home décor wasn’t popular if it was done at all. Only recently have we come to appreciate their artistic value.
While purchasing an original would require careful research into its authenticity — and may set you back a few hundred (or even thousand) dollars — you can purchase a reproduction for a fraction of the price on Etsy. Here are the coolest vintage-inspired posters we could find there, most of which are available in multiple sizes.
Nice, France Poster
This chic poster celebrating one of France’s sunniest cities is a true work of art.
To buy: etsy.com, $14
1949 Tour de France Bicycle Poster
This French poster promotes the official movie of the Tour de France competition, which was won in 1949 by Italian cyclist Fausto Coppi (he won it again in 1952).
To buy: etsy.com, from $29
Tahiti Vintage Travel Poster
The largest island in French Polynesia once seduced popular French artist Paul Gauguin who lived and worked there for many years, painting women and landscapes like the ones in this design.
To buy: etsy.com, from $14
San Francisco Travel Poster
Portugal Travel Poster
Costa Rica Pura Vida Travel Poster
This geometric design draws on the essence of the pura vida, or pure life, a phrase that reflects Costa Ricans’ relaxed lifestyle.
To buy: etsy.com, $20
Martha’s Vineyard Poster
This picturesque island off the coast of Massachusetts has been a favorite vacation spot of presidents and celebrities for decades.
To buy: etsy.com, from $30
Australia Travel Poster
Hawaii Travel Poster
Add some island vibes to your place with this sun, surf, and sand–filled illustration promoting Hawaii.
To buy: etsy.com, $33
See India Travel Poster
This poster is part of an advertising campaign, See India, which ran in the 1930s to encourage British tourists to explore India by train.
To buy: etsy.com, from $7
Sicily Vintage Travel Poster
This poster is a reproduction of one designed by artist Giulio d’Angelo and printed in 1947, which advertised Sicily as an island of “eternal spring.”
To buy: etsy.com, from $15
Air France Vintage Poster
French graphic artist Bernard Villemot created this illustration of Moroccan landscape in 1949 for Air France to promote travel to North Africa.
To buy: etsy.com, from $30
Island of Poros, Grece Vintage Poster
This colorful poster from the mid-20th century was intended to draw tourists to the small Greek island of Poros in France, but it’s giving us major wanderlust feels for the Aegean country.
To buy: etsy.com, from $9
Visit Cuba Vintage Travel Poster
Printed by the Cuban Tourist Commission in Havana around 1935, this print shows a woman dancing and shaking maracas.
To buy: etsy.com, from $20
Explore Italy Retro Poster
This poster shows a classic Italian sight — a couple riding a Vespa scooter along the coastline— and will lighten the mood of any room.
To buy: etsy.com, $8
Oslo 1960s Vintage Print
Norwegian illustrator Knut Yran designed this poster in 1966 for the Oslo Travel Association to promote the Norwegian capital abroad.
To buy: etsy.com, from $5
Japan Travel Print on Wood
For this poster from the 1930s, Dutch artist Pieter Irwin Brown painted the beautiful Hakone Shrine on the shores of Lake Ashi in Southeast Japan.
To buy: etsy.com, from $18
Retro Camping Poster
Or is home where you hang your vintage-themed travel posters?
To buy: etsy.com, from $35