New copies of classic 1930s travel postersBy

New copies of classic 1930s travel posters

Some of the most memorable commercial illustrations of the Art Deco period were based on transportation subjects. Artists turned air travel to exotic locations and streamlined locomotives into dynamic works of art.

Several well known vintage images never previously reproduced have recently become available. These include an Illinois Central poster originally issued in 1932 as part of a famous 1930s series promoting Chicago as a tourist destination.

Another new poster with a railroad subject copies a famous work by Paul Proehl which introduced the highly streamlined locomotives of New York Central's 20th Century Limited. The third poster promotes air passenger service between Havana, Cuba and Key West, Florida by Pan American.

All three new posters are under $30 retail. The paper used in most of these new posters fluoresces bright white under long wave black light. The best place to test the paper is in white areas with no ink.


New full-color posters, left to right: Visit Chicago promotion, Illinois Central Railroad, Paul Proehl, 1932, 37" × 26"; Art Deco streamlined locomotive, New York Central 20th Century Limited, Leslie Ragan, 1938, 25" × 20"; Pan American Airways, Key West to Havana service, ca. 1930s, 38" × 25".