Free American Vintage Travel Posters

I love these vintage travel posters so much because I love to travel and I'm a big fan of vintage art. What could be better than the two combined?

These vintage posters are from all over America, although they don't represent every state. But the main tourist destinations are represented, as well as some cool "See America" posters that feature iconic American landmarks or landscapes. Airlines are also represented on some of the posters and some of them urge you to "travel by train."

The posters I love the most have artwork that is truly period-specific. I estimate these are all from the early to mid-20th Century and clearly some of the clothing, airline names or other specifics could only be from those eras. For example, the poster for the New York Municipal Airports has a reference to then-New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia and the 1934 World's Fair poster makes it pretty clear when it was published. One of my favorites in the blast-from-the-past department, though, has to be the Philadelphia poster that depicts a Leave It to Beaver-like family in 50s garb, posing in front of the Liberty Bell.

But the poster I like the best is for Yosemite. I love the colors and the art style but that's not the reason it's my favorite. It's because I have a vivid Yosemite-related memory from when I was a child. My family and I were playing one of those car games that keep kids occupied while we were on vacation when I was seven or eight (although if memory serves we were driving to San Francisco, not Yosemite). I don't remember what the game was but I think it had something to do with naming a place that started with a letter that was the same as the last letter of the place named by the person before. I had seen the word "Yosemite" somewhere but had never heard anyone pronounce it. So when it was my turn, I needed a place that started with a "Y." I hemmed and hawed for a moment and then I realized that Yosemite was a good answer. I got so excited, I yelled out "YOZ-MYTE! For those outside the U.S. who aren't familiar with the pronunciation of this beautiful American national park's name, it's definitely not Yoz-myte, but rather Yo-seh-mah-tee. Of course, everyone thought that was hilarious and I didn't hear the end of it for a very long time.

These vintage posters are from Vintagerio, which has a tremendous selection of vintage art that includes much more than just travel posters. To visit them, click the ad below the posters in the right column.

Vintage Travel Posters

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Chicago vintage travel poster1934 World's Fair in Chicago vintage travel posterfree Yosemite travel posterNew York street scene vintage travel posterNew York vintage travel poster -- Statue of Liberty and United AirlinesCity of New York municipal airports vintage posterGran Canyon National Park vintage travel posterVintage Hawaiian posters: Hula girlFly TWA to Las Vegas vintage travel posterMiami vintage travel posterNantucket New Haven Railroad vintage posterTexas vintage travel posterVisit the Pacific Northwest vintage travel posterPennsylvania Dutch travel posterPhiladelphia vintage travel poster -- Pennsylvania Railroad See America United States Travel Bureau vintage travel poster -- ice cavernsSee America United States Travel Bureau vintage travel poster -- red rocksSee America vintage travel poster -- MontanaSee America U.S. Travel Bureau vintage travel poster -- Welcome to MontanaSee America vintage travel poster -- Welcome to Montana
Chicago vintage travel poster
Chicago vintage travel poster
1934 World's Fair in Chicago vintage travel poster
1934 World's Fair in Chicago vintage travel poster
free Yosemite travel poster
free Yosemite travel poster
New York street scene vintage travel poster
New York street scene vintage travel poster
New York vintage travel poster -- Statue of Liberty and United Airlines
New York vintage travel poster -- Statue of Liberty and United Airlines
City of New York municipal airports vintage poster
City of New York municipal airports vintage poster
Gran Canyon National Park vintage travel poster
Gran Canyon National Park vintage travel poster
Vintage Hawaiian posters: Hula girl
Vintage Hawaiian posters: Hula girl
Fly TWA to Las Vegas vintage travel poster
Fly TWA to Las Vegas vintage travel poster
Miami vintage travel poster
Miami vintage travel poster
Nantucket New Haven Railroad vintage poster
Nantucket New Haven Railroad vintage poster
Texas vintage travel poster
Texas vintage travel poster
Visit the Pacific Northwest vintage travel poster
Visit the Pacific Northwest vintage travel poster
Pennsylvania Dutch travel poster
Pennsylvania Dutch travel poster
Philadelphia vintage travel poster -- Pennsylvania Railroad
Philadelphia vintage travel poster -- Pennsylvania Railroad
See America United States Travel Bureau vintage travel poster -- ice caverns
See America United States Travel Bureau vintage travel poster -- ice caverns
See America United States Travel Bureau vintage travel poster -- red rocks
See America United States Travel Bureau vintage travel poster -- red rocks
See America vintage travel poster -- Montana
See America vintage travel poster -- Montana
See America U.S. Travel Bureau vintage travel poster -- Welcome to Montana
See America U.S. Travel Bureau vintage travel poster -- Welcome to Montana
See America vintage travel poster -- Welcome to Montana
See America vintage travel poster -- Welcome to Montana

Vintage Travel Posters Downloading Instructions

Choose any of the thumbnail vintage travel poster images above the large images in the right column. When you click on one of the images, it will appear larger.

IMPORTANT: Once you've chosen an image and see it larger, double-click on the larger image, which will make the best version of the art appear. Sorry for the extra step, but this will give you the highest quality art.

If you have a PC, once you've done the steps above, just right-click and save the final version of the artwork to your hard drive. If you're a Mac user, you should control-click the image until you get a pop-up menu that will give you an option to save the file.

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Dink96 7 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

These are beautiful!! Do you have any ideas, besides these, where I could find some artwork for decoupaging on old cigar boxes for making purses? I've got some of the boxes, but have yet to make the purses. Thanks for yet another ga-ga blog!!!! Keep 'em coming!!!


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WordPlay 7 years ago from Georgia, y'all Author

Hi, Dink96. If you're looking for scads of art, click the "Click to Visit Vintagerio" link under the Vintagerio ad on this page. It's inexpensive (as low as $18) for unlimited downloads of 15,000 vintage images. There are some *really* incredible images on that site.


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cym 7 years ago from Europe

I love these little blocks with thumbnails you make and then the big image under it when you click on it. How do you do that? That looks so nice. Is that a feature from hubpages? I haven't found it yet...


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alekhouse 7 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

Very nice. The posters are awesome.


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WordPlay 7 years ago from Georgia, y'all Author

cym: Choose the "Thumbnail" option from the pulldown menu under the heading "Display Settings" in the photo capsule. That will cause the thumbnails to display. You might also want to choose the checkbox that will allow people to see larger versions if they click on the photos.

alekhouse: Thanks for your comment. I'm glad you like the posters.


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cym 7 years ago from Europe

Thanks Wordplay, for the thumbnail explanation! I will have a look at it in my next hub.


Shay 7 years ago

I am doing a display for our public library on summer travel and using the "See America" poster as the theme. Thanks for offering these terrific old posters.


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WordPlay 7 years ago from Georgia, y'all Author

Hi, Shay. These would be great for that! I'm so glad you're going to find them useful.


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apeksha 7 years ago from India.

Oh! would definatly visit...


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Laura Spector 7 years ago from Chiang Mai, Thailand

I use a lot of these vintage posters as inspiration for my artwork, and the travel ones are a bit harder to find. Thanks for sharing them - they're great!


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WordPlay 7 years ago from Georgia, y'all Author

Hi Laura. I'm always excited to hear about an artist using vintage art as inspiration for new works. I hope you have a great time creating art inspired by these. :-)


Erick Smart 7 years ago

Have you tried printing these out? I would be interested to know how big you could print before they began to fall apart.


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WordPlay 7 years ago from Georgia, y'all Author

Hi, Erick. No I haven't tried printing them. But I would imagine you'd get good quality on most of them at least up to about 8-1/2" x 11". I don't know that for a fact though.


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Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

I just love these old posters, the style is so unique, you sure don't see 'em like that anymore. I love to stop by your hubs and check out all your cool, vintage posters, postcards and greeting cards. Thanks for sharing all the lovely old pix, Wordplay!


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WordPlay 7 years ago from Georgia, y'all Author

Thanks so much, Dolores! I'm glad you enjoy the posters and all the other art.


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girly_girl09 7 years ago from United States

wooohooo! thanks...I love vintage travel posters/lables/stickers/brochures!. I'll definitely be printing some of these off for some altered art projects that I love to do in my spare time.


Felicia 7 years ago

Thank you so much! These are beautiful!


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Miss Theory 7 years ago from New York

Oh, I love these! There's something not only classic about this art style, but it just "feels good". Thanks for sharing them.


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WordPlay 7 years ago from Georgia, y'all Author

You're welcome, Miss Theory. I'm so glad you get a good feeling from them!


betina 7 years ago

Vintage posters attracts me and inspire because travel ones are difficult to find. Thanks for creative post - Amazing vintage posters


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lovelypaper 6 years ago from Virginia

I love anything vintage and wrote a couple hubs about vintage glassware and linens. Great job!


vintagelover 6 years ago

Hi there,

Could I use these to make hand-made greeting cards to sell? Thanks a lot.


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WordPlay 6 years ago from Georgia, y'all Author

In case you haven't already done so, please read the terms of use "Rules of the Road" above. (Click on the image to see a larger version you can read.)

If you plan to use more than five of my images and/or sell more than 50 handmade cards, the terms give instructions for what to do to be in compliance. There's an e-mail address in the terms if you have any questions. Thanks!


Sherry 5 years ago

I so appreciate the wonderful variety and extensive collection you've gathered and shared with us! As a volunteer, I have a very limited budget for cards, posters, etc. You have been a source for a number of birthday cards for our volunteers. Thanks again. Now if I could only find a free source for ink....

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