Vanity Fair (which, on an indirectly related note, is the best magazine to take on a plane) reports on the midcentury travel magazine ‘Holiday’, which commissioned writers including Truman Capote, Joan Didion, and John Steinbeck to report on a new world of cosmopolitan destinations, suddenly made accessible by the rise of commercial air travel. The combination of world-class writing with photography from the likes of Cartier-Bresson and design from visionary art director Frank Zachary made for what sounds - and looks - like the best travel publication of all time. They don’t make ’em like they used to…

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