Transatlantic Travel for the Masses

After WWII, the instituting of regular overseas airline flights put a trip to Europe within the grasp of many Americans.  No longer was Transatlantic travel limited to those with unlimited time and means.  Still, most Americans could not afford the trip, and a European vacation was considered to be the trip of a lifetime.  It was a sign that one had made it – had arrived, so to speak.

Between the late 1940s and the late 1960s, travel themed accessories were very popular.  These often featured multiple destinations, with the most popular seeming to be Paris, London, Rome and New York.  Even if you weren’t a world traveler, your clothes or accessories could hint that you were, or at least that you wanted to be.

This dress dates from just after WWII with its broadly padded shoulders, side zipper and straight (though softly pleated) skirt.  Europe was still rebuilding, but already, Americans were ready for that once-in-a-lifetime trip!

I’ll feature more of these vintage travel themed clothes and accessories this week.  Stay tuned!


Posted by missbamboo:


Sunday, May 9th 2010 @ 7:42 PM

Posted by Lin:

I *love* this dress! Particularly the interconnecting railways..

Monday, May 10th 2010 @ 2:36 AM

Posted by Mod Betty / Retro Roadmap:

As you can imagine with Retro Roadmap as my thing, I’m definitely a fan of vintage travel themed anything- this is a fabulous print and dress. Can’t wait to see more of your collection!

Tuesday, May 11th 2010 @ 1:33 PM

Posted by Joules:

It’s such a wonderful dress, Lizzie. The printing of the postcards is so finely done, and those tracks are great. Part of your permanent collection, I hope. Neat color too.

Wednesday, May 12th 2010 @ 11:06 AM

Posted by Lizzie:

Joules, Yes, mine, and not to be sold!

Thursday, May 13th 2010 @ 6:14 PM

Posted by Lisa:

Such a lovely dress – and I love the history in this post too.

Friday, May 21st 2010 @ 1:40 PM

Posted by mariebayarea:

this is the style of vintage dress i really love wearing. the travel-theme print makes me stare in wide-eyed amazement.

Sunday, June 13th 2010 @ 1:55 PM

Posted by Lizzie:

Thanks again, everyone! It really is a peachy frock.

Sunday, June 20th 2010 @ 9:01 AM

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