Vintage Travel Posters: Fly Folks’ 43rd Anniversary Edition

Forty-three years ago today, my parents got married. As high school teachers, they had to wait until summer break before jetting off for the honeymoon, and some kind of way, they heard that it was better in the Bahamas. Well, that’s debatable, but my parents seemed to have enjoyed it (I’m not 43, by the way…or maybe I am and just look damn good for my age ;-)). Personal logistics aside, many of the world’s airlines sold fantasies of post-nuptial holidays to eager newlyweds back in 1970, and I unearthed a few of the contemporary travel posters used in trafficking exotic destinations to would-be travelers in bell-bottomed trousers.

Eastern Airlines travel poster 1970

Royal Air Maroc travel poster 1970

National Airlines travel poster 1970

Pan Am travel poster 1970

TWA travel poster 1970

El Al airline poster 1970

Braniff travel poster 1970

United airline poster 1970

BOAC travel poster 1970

Mexicana travel poster 1970

Japan Air Lines travel poster 1970

BONUS: The #1 radio hit on April 29, 1970? That’s easy:


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Fly’s Been Getting Around

Fly Brother in the AirThough I haven’t been very active here on the blog over the past few months, that doesn’t mean I haven’t been active on the interwebs. In fact, I’ve been doing some professional blogging and had a few travel-related items published all over the place.

Viator
Most recently, I’ve penned a couple of posts about Rio for art lovers, climbing Ecuador’s Cotopaxi volcano, and getting around Colombia on tour company Viator’s “Things to Do” blogs.

TripAdvisor
Heading to São Paulo and don’t know what to do? Check out my expertly curated city guides at TripAdvisor, or download one of the São Paulo walking tours I devised on partner website EveryTrail.

Travel Channel.com
Need more SP pointers? Take a gander at my posts about São Paulo’s nightlife, its nearby beaches, and how South America’s biggest city gets down during Carnival.

Tech Page One
This is an unlikely venue, but Chris Colin (one of the freshest writers in the game) interviewed me about travel and race, a major theme of this blog, for Dell Computer’s Tech Page One site.

Travel Channel (not .com)
Some of you may have already seen me on an episode of the Travel Channel’s “Jamaica Bared” show. If not, here’s a clip below. Look for Fly Brother to appear yet again on the small screen in the coming months. ;-)


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Fly Brother’s New Hub: South Florida

Miami Skyline from West

I’m living in that flat, kinda boring part in the foreground.

“He’s baaaack!” Yes, good people: Fly Brother has emerged healthy and unscathed from that electronic limbo called “Taking A Break From The Internets.” After December’s quick and last-minute escape from Europe because of the 90-day tourist visa rule, I ended up back in Florida to await the processing for my student visa to Germany, where I’d be earning my PhD. Subsequently, I ended up helping a friend take care of her autistic 7-year-old and unexpectedly landing a full-time university teaching position in Miami, two situations that, along with my freelance writing commitments, demanded total and complete energy and attention. As a result, the blog suffered.

As much as I love traveling at moment’s notice, there’s much to be said for stability. Re-hubbing in South Florida, a cultural mishmash with amazing weather and hordes of cockroaches, means rebuilding my financial foundation, recommitting to an intense workout regimen, advancing professionally—which includes working on the PhD remotely—, and re-entering American society after seven years abroad. There is, indeed, a lot about the US that remains unattractive—race relations, consumerism, traffic—but it’s nice to be back on familiar soil as I reboot, regroup, reconnect with myself, my family and friends, and my country.

Right now, I’m sharing a house with my friend and her child in the sterile flats of Broward County, but I hope to move a few exits down into Miami, capital of Latin America, in a few months. The commute to work is shorter and I don’t get the suspicious looks in Miami the way I do up in the United States (by that, I mean Broward County). Make sure you all give me a shout whenever headed this way. In the meantime, I’ll be posting the travel- and culture-related musings you used to get regularly here at Fly Brother. So, as they say down here in “The Bottom:” Lehgo!

PS – Recently, I was asked what happened to my dream city of São Paulo. In a word: inflation. I still love that place more than any other on Earth, and I plan to always have a presence there. Right now, though, it’s more expensive than New York and it’s just not the time for us. One day, we shall be together again.

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