The two images above originate from a 1964 album taken by an Irish-American couple on their tour of Ireland. The Aer Lingus livery is beautiful in the first photograph which was taken at John F. Kennedy airport, New York, on the 30th of July. The airline branded travel case is very desirable and it all harks back to the days when air travel was a more stylish affair. The glamour of airline travel and its branding are illustrated in Airline: Identity, Design and Culture by Keith Lovegrove. The Irish airline’s 1960s identity compares very favourably to the examples in Lovergrove’s book. Linda King has written an article in Circa magazine which covers the posters created for Aer Lingus in the 1950s.
The pastel hues of the Kodak print are very evocative of the 1960s and the album includes some very atmospheric landscapes. The CIE coach tour which the couple went on visited the usual tourist spots such as Killarney, Bunratty and Adare as well as the Kennedy homestead in Wexford. Indeed, the couple are also very typical of the middle-aged Irish-American tourists who took this tour. After the organised tour was complete the couple hired a Vauxhall Victor and travelled to County Tyrone – perhaps in search of some Irish cousins?
A dream of England: landscape, photography, and the tourist’s imagination by John Taylor explores why people photograph certain things on holidays and how photography impacts upon the tourist experience.