by Sara Farizan
BOSTON-In July of 2010 Grand Circle Travel went about the unusual but fitting feat of opening a Gallery devoted to poster art and exhibits that promote and best showcase the company’s passion for traveling. The company’s mission statement states, “We will strive to be the world leader in international travel, adventure and discovery for American Travelers over 50—providing impactful and intercultural experience that significantly improve the quality of their lives.” Thus a gallery was created to enrich the community’s understanding of foreign locales and appease travel enthusiasts of all ages.
The Grand Circle Gallery’s current exhibit entitled “Travels Through Africa”, in partnership with Boston’s International Poster Gallery, is showcasing vintage posters that were designed to promote travel to Africa from the beginning of the 20th century all the way until the 1960s. Many of the posters focus on Northern Africa (Egypt in particular), airlines and cruise ships promising excitement and intrigue as well as posters advertising travel to colonial Africa and Safari Africa. Many of the posters colors and textures lead the way for how travel destinations are now marketed. The exhibit also features African jewelry, costumes, and artifacts not to mention a display of vintage luggage tags from the early 20th century. In addition the Grand Circle Gallery will also have demonstrations concerning craft work as well as musical/dance performances.
The exhibit, which is already underway will be on display until July 30th at the gallery which is located at 347 Congress St, Boston. Admission is free and the gallery is open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 11-6 pm and Thursdays at 11-8 pm. For questions regarding the Grand Circle Gallery and demonstration performances call 617–346–6459.