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1952 TWA-Produced California Travel Video  
User currently offlinetravelin man From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3556 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 9 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3148 times:

I came across the following video on youtube, which was produced by TWA. It seems to be a "travel to California" guide. The first 6 or so minutes is all onboard a TWA Constellation, with some good looks at what travel was like "back in the day". It includes some footage of a very young LAX. And, if you are interested in old video of LA, SoCal, and San Francisco, the rest of the video is good too.

Just thought I'd post for those out there interested in TWA history. I'm sure they probably did similar videos for their other destinations back in the 1950s.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oopktYbHwLQ&feature=related

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User currently offlineAeri28 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 709 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 9 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2885 times:

i liked this . thanks for sharing. I always wonder where piieces such as this were shown. Movie theatre or some other venue ? I reckon cross country travel was not as 'big' in the 50s as it is now and California would have been for many on the east coast a land to be anxious to see due to its allure back then vis a vis the more traditional and established east coast.

User currently offlinerjpieces From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (4 years 9 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2718 times:

Very cool video. I wish more videos like this were on youtube!!

User currently offlineItalianFlyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 1099 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (4 years 9 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2691 times:

Quoting Aeri28 (Reply 1):
I always wonder where piieces such as this were shown. Movie theatre or some other venue ?

ME TOO!!!! I love these old vignettes but where and how did they play them? Given the technology available at the time, they were hardly 'cheap' to produce and how did you reach your target audience? I seriously doubt any of these were part of a build up to a Bugs Bunny cartoon and a main feature.





Quoting rjpieces (Reply 2):
Very cool video. I wish more videos like this were on youtube!!

there are TONS of them on youtube.....i have allot favorited on my utube page, pvt me and ill link you


User currently offlineType-Rated From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (4 years 9 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2598 times:

These little movies were probably played at travel clubs(which were popular at the time), travel agent conventions, etc.
I enjoy seeing them as well. They are interesting little period pieces.

Another thing you will notice is that way the woman narrator speaks, not her accent, but choices of words. Nobody really talks like that these days. So formal, so plastic.


User currently offlineLoneStarMike From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 3867 posts, RR: 34
Reply 5, posted (4 years 9 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2491 times:

Quoting rjpieces (Reply 2):
Very cool video. I wish more videos like this were on youtube!!

I posted several vintage aviation videos about 6 weeks ago (including the 1952 TWA one) in this thread

Vintage Aviation & Airline Promotional Films (by LoneStarMike Feb 1 2010 in Civil Aviation)


LoneStarMike


User currently offlinetravelin man From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3556 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (4 years 9 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2232 times:

Quoting LoneStarMike (Reply 5):
I posted several vintage aviation videos about 6 weeks ago (including the 1952 TWA one) in this thread

Vintage Aviation & Airline Promotional Films (by LoneStarMike Feb 1 2010 in Civil Aviation)

Thanks Lonestar Mike! I had just happened to run across the TWA Flight To California video, and will be sure to check out these other ones that you have compiled. I think it's fascinating to look back in time to see how travel used to be (both the good things like the service and "adventure" of flying, as well as the bad things -- like taking 14 hours to make a trans-Atlantic crossing).


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