News-Antique.com - Aug 24,2010 - BOSTON – The great travel destinations of the world come to Boston by way of three concurrently running vintage travel poster exhibitions. Each of the shows, presented by International Poster Gallery, Grand Circle Gallery and the Boston Public Library respectively, offers a unique glimpse in to the romance and discovery of luxury travel during the industry’s Golden Age. Exotic destinations range from cozy lodges on the peaks of the Swiss Alps to the staterooms of behemoth trans-Atlantic oceanliners. Each of the three exhibitions is free and open to the public, offering a citywide celebration of both travel and vintage poster art.
Oceanliners, trains and planes were technological marvels that fostered a Golden Age of Travel from the 1890s up to World War II. For the first time, travel became luxurious, as floating palaces, express trains, and clipper ships made “getting there” half the fun. Additionally, the completion of the railway networks and speedier intercontinental travel caused a leisure travel boom around the world, despite the interruptions and difficulties of a world war and economic Depression. Happily, this era also coincided with some of the greatest poster art in history.
International Poster Gallery 205 Newbury Street
International Poster Gallery presents "Full Steam Ahead!," an exhibition featuring more than 50 original vintage travel, transportation and leisure posters from around the globe. Highlighting the exhibition are works by poster design titans A.M. Cassandre, Roger Broders and Herbert Matter advertising luxury ocean liners, new advances in commercial flight and ever-expanding rail networks. These rare specimens are pulled from the gallery’s extensive and comprehensive collection of over 4,500 original vintage posters, spanning all genres, artists and periods. The show runs through October 15, 2010. Gallery hours are Mon-Sat: 10am-6pm and Sun: 12pm-6pm. Call 617-375-0076 or visit www.internationalposter.com for information.
Grand Circle Gallery 347 Congress Street
Grand Circle Gallery’s opening exhibit, the “Golden Age of Travel,” is a display of vintage travel posters that recall a time when steamships chugged across the Scandinavian coast, travelers rode camels across Egyptian sands to behold ancient wonders and people began traveling great distances to witness the Eiffel Tower and the Taj Mahal firsthand. The posters are from the extensive private collection of Grand Circle Corporation owners Alan and Harriet Lewis and represent their shared passion for travel. Exhibits will rotate quarterly in the newly opened Grand Circle Gallery, which is located in the heart of the Fort Point Channel District. Hours are: Wed: 11am-2pm, Thurs: 11am-7pm, Fri: 11am-2pm and Sat: 11am-3pm. For additional information or to schedule a private, group tour of the gallery, call 617-346-6459 or visit HYPERLINK "http://www.gct.com/GrandCircleGallery" www.gct.com/GrandCircleGallery.
Boston Public Library 700 Boylston Street
The special exhibition “Away We Go!” invites visitors to journey back to the early 20th century via some of the most beautiful and important vintage travel posters from the BPL's extensive collection. The exhibition is organized as an epic trip around the world, starting and ending in Boston. Visitors will journey to twenty-eight handpicked destinations, on six continents, on a globetrotting route