Ad Campaign – 20th Century Limited, 1951

The Time: 6 P.M., any night.  The Place: Grand Central Terminal, New York. The Star: you, stepping from the crimson carpet to the magic carpet that is the famous 20th Century Limited.  It’s the New York Central’s luxury hotel on wheels, your overnight vacation between New York and Chicago, first night on your coast-to-coast week end.

If you love old magazines, then I bet you are like me, always lamenting the total lack of glamour in travel today.  I don’t think it would be so bad if not for these reminders of how travel itself was once an experience to be savored.  Unfortunately, travel today is more likely to just be endured, especially travel by plane.  But even trains are not the luxurious and relaxing places they once were.  But in our busy lives, it is often time that is the luxury, and the speed of modern travel does allow us more time when on a trip.

I’m writing this several days in advance, because when it is published I’ll be on a trip, with two of my dearest friends who knew I needed a change of scenery.  Maybe this post should have been about friendship instead of travel.

I bet you can guess where I am!



Filed under Advertisements, Proper Clothing, Vintage Travel

8 responses to “Ad Campaign – 20th Century Limited, 1951

  1. Can’t wait to hear all about it. Have a wonderful time. 🙂 xx


  2. Boy voyage! Come back refreshed. xx


  3. Lizzie…take/make this opportunity to relax… enjoy your trip….you deserve a break … hope you can make the best of your away time.

    P.S. I remember when I used to dress, hat and all…during travel much like your magazine picture (that is until…through the years… I was blessed with 4 young children to take along). Had to replace my hat and gloves for a diaper bag. smile


  4. That’s the kind of ad that makes me want to travel! Today’s travel ads don’t come close to the romance of the old ones.

    I hope you have a wonderful trip!


  5. Teresa

    I love how romantic travel was and also wish it was still the same today. I travel by train when I can and while it’s not as glamorous it is still nice to sit back and see the countryside go by outside.

    Have a wonderful trip Lizzie!


  6. That’s the kind of ad that makes me want to travel! Today’s travel ads don’t come close to the romance of the old ones.


  7. I did have a wonderful trip. We spent a few days in New York City.


  8. I couldn’t agree more. Given the choice between plane and train, I always choose train. I like being able to sit and think or read uninterrupted for several hours. Glad to hear you had a good trip.


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