Wistful thinking about Hawaii

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Who isn't tempted by the allure of the islands? The lush flowers, the droopy palm trees ripe with coconuts, the gentle waves lapping the shore…. Sure, it's a clichéd vision of Hawaii, but it's an effective (and largely deserved!) one. Travel companies have been milking it for decades, and Hawaii remains one of the top spots for honeymooners.

While on my own honeymoon in Maui, I came across a package of postcards featuring vintage art from the early 20th century—the glory days of travel to Hawaii. This was a time when airlines and cruise lines were selling the glamour of travel to the Pacific by using some of the classic art imagery that had already been seen on "luxury" items like canned pineapples.

Check out the slide show I've put together, showcasing a bunch of these iconic images of Hawaii.

Related While we have you in the mood, read up on your favorite island, whether it's Kauai, Maui, Oahu or the Big Island.

EarlierA slide show of photographs from the book Exotic Postcards: The Lure of Distant Lands

[artwork courtesy of islandartstore.com]

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