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Saturday, 20 August 2011

Travelling in arty Aussie style


The curious incident involving Monsieur Depardieu reminds me how much air travel has changed over the past few decades. An in-flight experience used to be the height of luxury (and politeness), but these days on board lavatories are just as bad as they are on inter-city trains. On my flight back from Spain this week, one loo had soap and no hand towels, whereas the other had hand towels and no soap.

Anyway, I’m glad to be back because I wanted to show you this rare reminder of the air travel style of yesteryear. I love the curiously arty design of this Qantas airline souvenir from ShopCurious. The vintage silk scarf is colourfully printed with bold images of tourist destinations from around the world. Funnily enough, the clashing colours remind me of the outfit worn by Australian nomad, Trudi, whose photograph appears in our latest Curious Trends article.





Talking of memorabilia, do have a read of my RetroProgressive post on the official merchandise for the London 2012 Olympics over at The Dabbler today – and let me know what you think of the uniquely contemporary designs.

Will you?

6 comments:

Jan said...

Not a fan of any of the merchandise.
Hoping the whole thing won't be a total embarrassment.
Interesting comparisons,
(on your Dabbler post).

Susan said...

Everyone was worried about Beijing and it turned out to be amazing. Suspect there are an awful lot of crossed fingers out there...

Profoundly Superficial said...

Wish airlines did stuff like this nowadays. Very cute!

Susan said...

Annie, the offering from airlines seems to be getting poorer and poorer - along with the customers. I wonder if they even serve nibbles with drinks in first class these days.

worm said...

that is a groovy scarf! out there on the web there's a collection of seriously good qantas travel posters too - here

Susan said...

Thanks Worm, those are curiously retro!