This exquisite French vintage travel poster from the early twentieth century invites us to travel by train (Chemins de fer de L’est – the French railway company) to the mountain resort town of Sinaia in Roumanie (now Romania). Once there, the poster tells us, we would find hotels, palaces and casinos! And, as the picture implies, we would also see local citizenry dressed in traditional, historic garb; a picturesque village (with the advertised palace); and lovely snow-capped mountains in the distance, their peaks bathed in sunlight.
What is interesting here is that these are some of the same messages found in twenty-first century travel brochures. Travelers haven’t changed much in what they often want – a little history, a little local color, a centuries-old village with some interesting shops and a palace or two, maybe a casino for entertainment, and beautiful scenery --- preferably snow-capped mountains for hiking or a pristine beach for sunbathing.
This original offset lithograph from the early 1900s by Pierre-Henri Vaillant (1878-1939) is an elegant example of the travel posters of yesteryear and a reminder of how the travel message from a century ago is not that much different from the message in travel brochures of today.
Visually breathtaking, this poster makes a lovely addition to every room and travel poster collection.