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EL AL Israel Airlines, early ’70s Designer: Dan Reisinger.

Yugoslav-born Reisinger escaped the Holocaust and settled in Israel, then trained in design in the UK and Israel. In the early ’70s he not only designed the El Al logo and corporate identity, he won awards for the new design of the airline’s ground equipment.

BUY: Original silk screen posters, $400, available through and

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The World of Pan Am, 1971-72 Designer: Chermayeff & Geismar

Masters of brand identity and trademark logos (NBC, Mobile, Smithsonian), Chermayeff & Geismar not only designed the iconic Pan Am logo (its cool has long outlasted the airline) but put the “mod” in modern travel posters in the ’70s. As to who actually designed these marvels—it was a group effort.

BUY: Not available yet, but as with everything Pan Am, sure to be licensed soon


Finland print for Finnair, 1958 Designer: Erik Bruun

One of Finland’s best-known graphic designers, 86-year-old Bruun is well connected with the imagery Finns know and love, plus he still makes work.

BUY: Original print of Destination North of Finland, €125,

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Hunting in Poland and Fisherman’s Paradise, c. 1961 Designer: Wiktor Gorka

Best known for his movie posters—often for Western imports—Gorka’s travel posters for Poland are instantaneously funny even today

BUY: Original print of Fisherman’s Paradise, $300,

Where to Buy: Vintage Travel Posters

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Looking to punch up the walls in your guest room? Get familiar with the designers of our favorite vintage travel posters. Best of all: in most cases, you can still buy the originals!


Pan Am images courtesy of Chermayeff & Geismar; El Al courtesy of Dan Reisinger; Finland courtesy of Bruun Design; Poland courtesy of The Art of Poster Gallery

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