"Philadelphia" Vintage American Airlines Travel Poster, circa 1960s

This is an original American Airlines travel poster from the 1960s advertising Philadelphia as one of their alluring destinations. The poster boldly displays the Independence Hall, with a flowing American flag behind and around it. Originally issued in two sizes, the iconic poster design shown here is the larger version. 

American Airlines is a major airline that was founded in 1926 as a union of more than eighty airlines. They still continue to operate today out of ten major hubs in the United States and remain as a major airline for both national and international flights. It is the world’s largest airline when measured by fleet size, revenue, passengers carried and destinations served. 

Independence Hall is a public building in Philadelphia, PA. Construction began in 1732. When it was completed in 1756, it served as the Pennsylvania State House. Some of the most important events of early American history took place there. The Declaration of Independence was debated and ratified within its walls on July 4, 1776. In 1781, the Articles of Confederation were ratified there as well.

From May to September of 1787, the Constitutional Convention was held in Independence Hall. The Convention was held to revise the Articles of Confederation. During that summer, the delegates to the Convention eventually drafted the United States Constitution. Within Independence Hall’s Assembly Room, the Constitution was debated, ratified, and signed on September 17, 1787. The individuals who gathered in the Assembly Room over the years were famous leaders in U.S. history: John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and George Washington, among many others.

This image of the Independence Hall in Philadelphia was meant to entice passengers and tourists during a swell of patriotism after World War II. 


Very good condition. Colors are vibrant and paper is healthy, without tears or stains. The poster is linen backed. Unframed Dimensions: 41” H  x 29 ¾” W. 

Poster has been artfully framed in a custom-built black wooden frame with acid-free backing and UV Plexiglas. Framed Dimensions:  42 5/8" H x 32" W x 5/8" D. 

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