My grandparents took their first overseas trip in 1948, the same year this Pan Am ad came out.
While they sailed across the Atlantic for that inaugural trip, they later flew on airlines like Pan Am and TWA to most of the continents portrayed in this ad.
I love the characterizations of the different nationalities in the ad. Before I read the text below the drawings, I couldn’t figure out where the second guy on the left came from (it’s Australia). To me, he seems more Alpine yodeler than outback ranger.
I also love the opening paragraph:
From eight leading US cities, big 4-engine Pan American Clippers take off every day for 62 countries and colonies… . One ticket and one set of baggage checks takes you straight through to your overseas destination.
Even with the many returned colonies and concessions returning to their proper owners after WII, there were still a lot of colonies back in 1948.