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37 Vintage Travel Posters From the Library of Congress

While old travel posters still remind us why specific locations would make excellent vacation destinations, they also capture the popular artwork styles and values of the period in which they were made. Here are a few stunning vintage travel posters available through the Library of Congress, organized by artist.

Katherine Milhous: 1936-1941

Frank S. Nicholson: 1936-1940

Otis Shepard: 1935

Richard Halls: 1936-1938

J. Hirt: 1936-1939

Harry Herzog: 1936-1940

Jerome Henry Rothstein: 1936-1938

Martin Weitzman: 1936-1939

Alexander Dux: 1936-1939

Unknown Artists: 1936 -1939

While you may have noticed that the posters above are all creations of the same WPA project that was responsible for the zoo posters seen in an earlier post, the Library of Congress’ travel poster collection does feature a few international travel posters created outside of this project as well. Here are a few.

Leonetto Cappiello: 1901

Vittorio Grassi: 1920

Alicandri Roma: 1920

Geo Dorival: 1920

Allessandro Pomi: 1920

Unknown Artists:  1920-1951

For those of you who travel a lot, do you think these posters are accurate representations of their destinations, or are they a little too idealized for your tastes?

Lastly, there were a lot of people interested in purchasing the zoo posters, so anyone looking to grab one of these might want to check out Amazon or All Posters.com, as most of these can be found at one of the two sites. Just do a search for the text on the poster and you’ll most likely find the one you’re looking for.

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Art Lovers in England, Rejoice: France's Famous Bayeux Tapestry is Coming to the UK
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One of France’s most prized national treasures, the Bayeux Tapestry, is officially heading to England for exhibition. The loan will mark the first time the fragile 11th century work has left France in nearly 1000 years, according to The Washington Post.

French president Emmanuel Macron announced news of the loan in mid-January, viewed by some as a gesture to smooth post-Brexit relations with Britain, ABC reports. The tapestry depicts the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, a historically important event replete with guts and glory.

Stretching for 210 feet, the Bayeux Tapestry’s nine embroidered panels tell the tale of Harold, Earl of Wessex, who swore an oath to support the right of William, Duke of Normandy, to the English throne once King Edward (a.k.a. Edward the Confessor) died without an heir. But after Edward's funeral at Westminster Abbey, Harold breaks his oath to William so he could be crowned king instead. Believing he was the rightful ruler, William—today remembered as William the Conqueror—decides to wage war and ultimately defeats Harold at the Battle of Hastings.

The historical narrative has endured for centuries, but the tapestry's provenance has been lost to time. Experts think that the artwork may have been created in England, shortly after the Battle of Hastings, although it’s unclear who designed and embroidered the scenes. Its original owner, Bishop Odo of Bayeux, the half-brother of William the Conqueror, may have commissioned the Bayeux Tapestry. He became Earl of Kent after the Battle of Hastings, and this new title would have afforded him access to skilled artisans, The Guardian explains.

The Bayeux Tapestry is currently on display in the town of Bayeux in Normandy. It likely won’t leave France until 2020, after conservators ensure that it’s safe to move the artwork. According to The Telegraph, the tapestry might be be displayed at the British Museum in 2022.

[h/t The Washington Post]

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This Snow Sculpture of a Car Was So Convincing Cops Tried to Write It a Ticket
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Photo composite, Mental Floss. Car, ticket, Simon Laprise. Background, iStock.

Winter is a frustrating time to be on the road, but one artist in Montreal has found a way to make the best of it. As CBS affiliate WGCL-TV reports, his snow sculpture of a DeLorean DMC-12 was so convincing that even the police were fooled.

Simon Laprise of L.S.D Laprise Simon Designs assembled the prank car using snow outside his home in Montreal. He positioned it so it appeared to be parked along the side of the road, and with the weather Montreal has been having lately, a car buried under snow wasn’t an unusual sight.

A police officer spotted the car and was prepared to write it a ticket before noticing it wasn’t what it seemed. He called in backup to confirm that the car wasn’t a car at all.

Instead of getting mad, the officers shared a good laugh over it. “You made our night hahahahaha :)" they wrote on a fake ticket left on the snow sculpture.

The masterpiece was plowed over the next morning, but you can appreciate Laprise’s handiwork in the photos below.

Snow sculpture.

Snow sculpture of car.

Snow sculpture of car.

Note written in French.

[h/t WGCL-TV]

All images courtesy of Simon Laprise.

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