Travelling Buyer Seeks Vintage Find

Florida Go By Train

For the past 48 hours, I have been singularly focussed on finding three vintage travel posters for my dining area.

I've barely fed my kids, I've had to drag myself into the shower, and it was with reluctance that I left my computer to go to the park on a sunny spring day. Art therapy is all that can save me now, so I'm about to create vintage poster trading cards to help me reach a decision.

The realisation I needed these came on Saturday. For the past few weeks, I've been analysing each room in my house with the question: what needs to be done to make this room a 9.5, instead of an 8.5? A few days ago, I decided it was a bigger piece of art over my bed. And lo and behold, that perfect piece of art is in my dining area! Then I remembered how much my husband and I had talked about our love for vintage travel posters, before we got married.

Kids came, and we forgot about it. Now we've remembered, and I can think of nothing else.

My first step took me to the website of I Desire Vintage Posters in Toronto. (And indeed I do!) I took note of 10 of them, started to discover the periods I liked best: the '30s and the '50s. Then I stretched out, to L'Affichiste in Montreal. And then I left the country, and looked at David Pollack in Connecticut (where I inquired about a fabulous, rare Florida find, below left), Nancy Steinbock in Boston (where I discovered that I love Bern Hill, below middle), and the International Poster Gallery in Boston (which has an excellent German option, below right).

Posters 1, 2 And 3

Despite ticking my geographical boxes, this isn't my holy trinity. A trio of vintage travel posters is nothing without an airplane, and as I've discovered, I love the simplicity of Swissair's posters. (Besides, the $4,500 price tag on the rare, Florida poster is more than I'd like to spend.) Clearly I'm not alone coveting Swissair's posters from the 1950s. The one we'd really like (below left) is nowhere for sale. The middle poster is for sale from Artifiche in Geneva (obv), and incredibly, the one on the right is available in Toronto. Posters 4, 5 And 6

Which three will it be? Only the cards will tell. So please excuse me while I go and make them.

Update: May 21, 2014

My hilariously cute cards didn't prepare me for what was coming: the classic Vers Le Mont Blanc poster trio. We found them at Poster Classics in Saint Jorioz, France, which is run by an American ex-pat 45 minutes down the road from the mountain featured. Classic, elegant and powerful, I can't get them on the wall fast enough. So, naturally, I made full-size replicas to tide me over.

Vers Le Mont Blanc