In fact,this poster does not promote exactly the USA as most of the time, the TWA posters were designed to promote foreign destinations to US nationals. This poster with its message “TWA To and Across America, Trans World Airline-U.S.A.-Europe-Africa-Asia” shows in foreground Statue of Liberty (an iconic image of New York) and a Lockheed Constellation flying in the air. This small litho was printed in USA.
It was designed in the end in 1948 according the National Air & Space Museum of Washington but more reallistically in 1958 as the other major TWA posters.
Spain is located in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula. Spain became a a popular place for summer holidays in the 1960s and 1970s. It is the second or the fourth (depending the sources) most visited country in the world after France. As a symbol, the headquarter of the World Tourism Organization is located in Madrid, the capital of Spain. Major destinations include Spain’s two largest cities: Madrid and Barcelona. Thirteen Spanish cities have been declared World Heritage Cities by the UNESCO including Ávila, Córdoba, Cuenca, Ibiza, Salamanca, Santiago de Compostela, Segovia, Tarragona, or Toledo. Overall, Spain has 42 World Heritage Sites designated by UNESCO, ranking second after Italy, with 45 sites.
This poster representing two matadors (typical Spanish symbol) was designed circa 1950 by David Klein.
Germany is located in western-central Europe. Berlin is its capital city. Germany is the fifth most visited country in Europe and the 7th worldwide, mainly by Dutch, American and Swiss tourists. The most visited tourist regions in Germany are the East Frisian and North Frisian Islands, the Baltic Sea coasts of Holstein and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, the Bavarian and Black Forest, and the Bavarian Alps. The most visited cities in Germany are Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, Frankfurt-am-Main, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Dresden, Stuttgart, Nuremberg and Hannover. Finally, the most visited landmarks in Germany are the Cologne Cathedral, the Reichstag in Berlin, the Hofbraühaus in Munich, the Heidelberg Castle, the Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, the Kunstsammlungen Museum of Dresden, the Fernsehthurm in Berlin and the Aachen Cathedral.
This TWA poster was designed by Simon Greco in the early 1950s.
France is country in Western Europe from the Atlantic Ocean to te Alps mountains and from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel. France has been the first tourist destination in the world for many years. With 37 sites listed in the UNESCO’s World Heritage list, Frances proposes to foreign tourists a lot of things to visit including the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, the Château de Versailles, the Musée d’Orsay, the Arc de Triomphe, the Centre Pompidou, the Mont Saint-Michel, the Château de Chambord, the Sainte-Chapelle, the Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, the Puy de Dôme, the Musée Picasso, and the medieval city of Carcassonne.
Most of this landmarks are located in Paris, the capital city of France. But France features cities with high cultural interest as Toulouse, Strasbourg, Bordeaux, Lyon or Lille. This TWA poster for promoting France was designed by the American visual artist Simon Greco in the 1950s.
London is the capital city of England and the United Kingdom. Located on the River Thames, London has been a major settlement for two thousand years. London is an attractive tourism city with four World Heritage Sites: the Tower of London; Kew Gardens; the site comprising the Palace of Westminster, Westminster Abbey, and St Margaret’s Church; and the historic settlement of Greenwich (in which the Royal Observatory marks the Prime Meridian, 0° longitude, and GMT).
Other famous landmarks include British Museum, Tate Modern, National Gallery, the Natural History Museum etc. This undated poster was designed in the 1960s for TWA. The reduced version of this poster was printed in England.
Divided politically in two states, Ireland is an island located in northwestern Europe. Twentieth-largest island on Earth it is separated of Great Britain by the Irish Sea. The island’s geography comprises relatively low-lying mountains surrounding a central plain, with several navigable rivers extending inland.
There are three World Heritage Sites on the island: the Brú na Boinne, Skellig Michael and the Giant’s Causeway. Some of the most visited sites in Ireland include Bunratty Castle, the Rock of Cashel, the Cliffs of Moher, Holy Cross Abbey and Blarney Castle or important monastic sites include Glendalough and Clonmacnoise. The capital city of Ireland is Dublin.
Designed around 1958, this TWA poster displays a Celtic cross and folksy cottage scene.
Egypt is a country of the northeast corner of Africa associated to the Sinai Peninsula which is in Asia. It is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the north and the Red Sea to the east (+ Libya, Israel & Sudan). The great majority of its over 84 million people live near the banks of the Nile River, which is the craft of the Ancient Egyptian Civilization. Tourism has always been one of the most important sectors in Egypt’s economy since the modern age. Alexandria is the main summer resort.
This poster representing a camel in front of the famous pyramids was designed in the beginning of the years 1960 by David Klein.
Greece is a country located in Southeastern Europe bordered by the Aegean Sea, the Ionian Sea and the Mediterranean Sea. Greece is considered as the cradle of Western civilization. The Unesco has listed 17 Heritage sites in Greece. The tourism is the country main industry. Even if the majority of the visitors are European, Greece has also been appreciated for years by American tourists which explains the existence of a TWA line to Athens in the 1960s. The author of this poster displaying an impressive greek statue shown from a stylistic angle is unknown.
Portugal is a country bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and located on the Iberian Peninsula in Southwestern Europe. Portugal is among the 20 most visited countries in the world. The main tourist spots in Portugal are Lisbon, Algarve and Madeira but also Alentejo, the Douro Valley and the island of Porto Santo. Lisbon, its capital city, is one of the most touristic city in Europe.
This poster was designed by David Klein in 1958 (ca) it represents some monuments of Lisbon including the UNESCO listed Hieronymites Monastery of Belem.
Rome is the capital of Italy and of the Vatican. The city is located in the central-western part of Italy, on the Tiber river within the Lazio region. It is one of the oldest cities in Europe as the capital city of the Roman Kingdom, the Roman Republic, the Roman Empire and of the Papal States (and so de facto of the Christian catholic world).
Rome is referred to as “The Eternal City”, a notion expressed by ancient Roman poets and writers. Its historic centre is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Monuments and museums such as the Vatican Museums and the Colosseum are among the world’s most visited tourist destinations: Rome is the third most visited in the European Union, and the most popular tourist attraction in Italy, especially among American tourists. Rome was one of the European pilot base of TWA.
On this poster designed by David Klein in (around) 1963, you can admire super constellation flying over the Neptun fountain in Rome. Klein (1918-2005) is an American artist best remembered for the iconic travel images he created for Howard Hughes and Trans World Airlines (TWA) during the 1950s and 1960s. With David Klein the statues of Rome come alive…