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In Pictures: Most beautiful vintage travel posters

Côte d’Azur Pullman Express, c.1929
Côte d’Azur Pullman Express, c.1929

▲ About this poster: The Côte d’Azur Pullman Express was a French de luxe train which ran from 1929 until 1939. The route was from Paris Gare de Lyon to Ventimiglia just inside the Italian border. Designed by French designer Charles Avalon.

Paris Lyon Mediteranée Rail Line, c.1930
Paris Lyon Mediteranée Rail Line, c.1930

▲ About this poster: Parisian born illustrator Roger Broders was hired by the PLM rail line in 1922 to create posters promoting rail travel throughout France. Broders designed some of the most captivating images over the next decade, including this mountainscape in Savoie, nestled in the Rhône-Alpes region.

Air France - Fly to Africa, c.1940
Air France - Fly to Africa, c.1940

▲ About this poster: Airline advertisement for Air France by artist Edmond Maurus, 1940. "Afrique Occidentale Française, Afrique équatoriale Française" which translates to 'French West Africa, French Equatorial Africa' 

Annecy La Plage c.1921
Annecy La Plage c.1921

▲ About this poster: Advertising poster promoting the alpine town of Annecy and its beach on the banks of Lake Annecy - Annecy Sa Plage. Art Deco design by Robert Falcucci.

▲ About this poster: Advertising poster for La Corse - Corsica designed by French painter, Lucien Peri in the 1920s.

La Route des Alpes - Services Automobiles de tourism, c.1920
La Route des Alpes - Services Automobiles de tourism, c.1920

▲ About this poster: Promotional poster for La route des Alpes designed by Roger Broders, a French illustrator and artist best known for his travel posters promoting tourism destinations in France, typically fashionable beaches of the Côte d'Azur and skiing resorts in the French Alps.

Dunkerque, c.1930
Dunkerque, c.1930

▲ About this poster: Poster promoting Dunkirk - Chemin de fer du Nord (the northern railroad) by Roger Broders.

Marseille, Porte de L’Afrique du Nord, c.1929
Marseille, Porte de L’Afrique du Nord, c.1929

▲ About this poster: Sometimes seen as one of Broders' best, smokestacks and vents cluster in the foreground, the Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, a church dedicated to the seafarer, rises on a hill in the distance. Broders creates an inspired vision of sea-trading Marseille through forced perspective.

La Côte d'Azur by Roger Broders c.1930
La Côte d'Azur by Roger Broders c.1930

▲ About this poster: Depicts the mountainous region of la Côte d'Azur with its winding mountain passes and hilltop villages.

Roger Broders was a French illustrator known for his idyllic travel posters promoting French tourist destinations typically the luxury retreats of the Côte d'Azur and ski resorts of the Alps.

Paris, Air France by Jean Vernier c.1961
Paris, Air France by Jean Vernier c.1961

▲ About this poster: This vivid illustrations of the Île de la Cité in Paris by Jean Vernier is titled 'Bridges of Paris' and is an example of a new style of travel posters that emerged in the late fifties/early sixties. The Notre Dame can be seen dominating the skyline.

Paris - Air France by Guy Georget c.1959
Paris - Air France by Guy Georget c.1959

▲ About this poster: This poster also features la Île de la Cité from the banks of the Seine, peering around a stain glass array of Autumn foliage to see the rear of Notre Dame in the background.

Men's Alpine Skiing - XVI Olympic Winter Games, Albertville, France, 1992
Men's Alpine Skiing - XVI Olympic Winter Games, Albertville, France, 1992

▲ About this poster: This poster is part of a series of late 20th century designs produced to promote the 16th Winter Olympics hosted in the French city of Albertville in 1992.

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