I made my monthly journey to Boston yesterday and just happened across an exhibition of vintage travel posters at the Boston Public Library. The exhibition, called “Away We Go”, features several dozen beautifully framed vintage color lithographs from the Golden Age of Travel. Once matted and placed behind glass the posters present a large and formidable object, but fortunately the BPL viewing gallery is quite large. Every poster is mounted on a folding stand and then each stand is spread around the room like a line of dominos.
As a result the room is filled with a circle of stunning color graphic images that were printed and displayed in an age when pulling a 30 by 40 color print was not the expensive undertaking that it is today. The 20 foot ceilings of the gallery space, provide an excellent viewing area for observing the posters.
There is even a central lounge area, complete with over stuffed leather chairs, where visitors can sit and relax or thumb through one of the handful of travel books left on a table. These books are contemporary travel guides and picture books issued by modern day world travelers like Lonely Planet, Traveler’s Tales, Rick Steves and National Geographic.
And I just couldn’t resist of giving you a quick tour around the world with some images from the collection at the Boston Public Library. These images are all on display online on Flickr. The images posted here are different from those used in the show , but the show has many great pictures from all around the world of comparable design and imagery. Some mention should does go out to the International Poster House a private business, located on Newbury street, which assisted in the presentation.
And finally for those, who can’t get enough of vintage travel posters, here is a link to the Los Angeles Public Library, which has its own poster collection.