Domestic air travel soared in popularity during the 1950s and 1960s due to the post-World War II economic boom and introduction of more commercial flights. During that time, air travel became an attractive and convenient mode of transportation for individuals and families. Additionally, the glamorous and sophisticated travel experience, characterized by spacious cabins and attentive service, added to the allure and appeal.
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Traveling now vs. then
So, what's really different about traveling now vs. in the 1950s and 1960s? Pretty much everything.
Traveling in the 1950s and 1960s required passengers to dress formally, often wearing their
finest attire. Today, comfort usually takes precedence over fashion.
Speed and efficiency
Advancements in aviation technology have made it possible to reach distant locations even faster and with more convenience. The flip side is this has led to the loss of the charm associated with slower, more leisurely journeys.
Air travel started to become popular in the 1950s and 1960s, but it is nothing compared to today. Thanks to budget airlines and competitive pricing, air travel has become more common and accessible for the masses.
In the 1950s and 1960s, in-flight entertainment meant chatting with fellow passengers over a cigarette or watching the clouds go by. Today, travelers enjoy wide range of entertainment options right at their Wi-Fi connected cellphone.
My reference of vintage airport security is the movie Blow. If they could get away with what they did in the 1970s, you can only imagine how relaxed security was traveling was before then.
Introducing our 2023 vintage travel collection!
We are so excited to bring a little midcentury travel to you and your loved ones this holiday season. We've curated a collection of travel bags, train cases, apparel, swizzle sticks, mugs, decks of cards and so many other amazing pieces of vintage travel memorabilia. Shop on Etsy anytime or in-store Tuesday to Sunday 8am-4pm.
Wherever you're off to this holiday season, we hope you enjoy it with the ones you love most. Safe travels!