Travel, Transportation, and Tourism

Collection Description

The Wolfsonian’s collection captures the revolution in transportation that took place from the late nineteenth century onward, with the development of automobiles and air travel as well as the vast expansion of railroads and steamship lines. Commercial posters promoted the new means of travel; decorative arts drew aesthetic inspiration from the powerful forms of ocean liners, streamlined locomotives, and airplanes; and propaganda material hailed the achievements of pioneer aviators, such as Italy’s Italo Balbo. The related rise of the modern tourist industry is documented by promotional materials of all kinds, including the Vicki Gold Levi collection of advertisements, brochures, menus, and other items from pre-Revolutionary Cuba and the Laurence Miller Collection of ocean liner and cruise ship industry materials.

Fröhliche Weihnachten: Mit dem Gross-Motorschiff "Monta Rosa" : Weihnachten nach den atlantischen Inseln : Kapitän Max Castan : I. Weihnachtstag, den 25. Dezember, 1935 : Vegetarische Speisenfolge
Havana-Miami: daily overnight service
Plaque commemorating the first transatlantic flight between Moscow and New York
Vase: monoplane motif
Chrysler 62, 72
Gabelfrühstück: Schnelld "Scharnhorst", Sonntag, den 12. Dezember 1937 = Lunch : Express S.S. "Scharnhorst", Sunday, December 12th 1937
Trolley Car
Plate: airplanes
Three people in vintage convertible
Quaker Oats train crossing the Rockies
Low fares to California via Havana and Panama : Dollar Steamship Lines, effective March 17, 1935
Conte di Savoia: la nave che non rolla : la classe speciale, la classe turistica
Cuba, the land of eternal spring : come and see Havana!
En Vue de l'Ile [In View of the Island]
Servizi Aerei Ala Littoria S.A. Roma [Aerial Services Ala Littoria S.A. Rome]