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Anyone who has spent as much time immersed in travel as we have becomes a sucker for vintage travel posters. And when an event crops up where hundreds of rare and dazzling vintage posters are up for auction only a ten minute walk from our offices, we can’t resist sharing them here.
Swann Galleries is coming up on its annual “Rare & Important Travel Posters” auction — all of them from the early to mid-20th century — exactly a week from now, next Friday, October 18. The auction features 200 posters with images of diverse locations from all around the planet: from the deserts of the Mideast to the alpine resorts of Europe, in addition to posters of early trains, ocean liners, and very early aviation exhibition posters.
Among the rarities include two Art Deco ship posters by A.M. Cassandre, with L’Atlantique from 1931 expected to be the most expensive of the lot, with estimated price of around $20,000 to $30,000. A grand depiction of the Normandie/French Line at night, with lights reflecting off the water, by Hubert Herkomer from 1939 is expected to go for around $15,000 to $20,000.
These posters will be on public exhibition Oct. 14-17 at the galleries, before the auction starts.
We have chosen about 20 of these above in the photo gallery, and we’re partial to the ones from India.