BOAC victoria terminal concourse

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    glamorous central london check-in across the road from victoria coach station.

    1. Compound Eye 36 months ago | reply

      Wow, look at that!

      This is exactly what is missing from modern travel - there is no sense of ocassion, no theatre when you arrive... I want to feel like I am departing from, or arriving at, the Festival of Britain 1951, not the aeronautical equivalent of some bleak, stench ridden service station.

    2. smallritual 36 months ago | reply

      this is what travel is like when it's for the well-off few not the masses. with the masses come queueing systems, fast food, trolleys, seats everywhere, carpet tiles and acoustic ceilings to deaden the echoes of babies crying... ;)

      more seriously, what's striking about all these pictures is the lack of advertising and retail clutter. these things are there, but not allowed to dominate. space isn't monetised.

    3. Compound Eye 36 months ago | reply

      I think this probably dates from when travel was only a reality for the well-orf, and not the great unwashed masses. Although the era of pachage tours wasn't far off, for now your average Bert and Edna would've had to have settled for watching Sean Connery, Michael Caine or George Segal flitting through the then splendid Heathrow Terminal 1 on their way to some shifty Eastern Bloc rendevous, at the local flea-pit cinema.

    4. smallritual 36 months ago | reply

      bert and edna had to go to cleethorpes instead...

      see how package holidays destroyed both the english seaside and glamorous travel!

    5. Compound Eye 36 months ago | reply

      Don't mention Cleethorpes... I went there too. Admittedly the weather was a bit fierce on the coast on Saturday but it was so depressingly awful that not even a drop of quintessential English seaside tackiness could convince me to stay & I boarded the first train back to Grimsby 30mins later.

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