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.

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Restaurant Dampfer "Bremen": D. "Bremen", Dienstag, 6. Juni 1939 = Restaurant S.S. "Bremen" : S.S. "Bremen", Tuesday, June 6, 1939 | Deutsche Volkstypen : Schwälmer Paar = Types of German National Dress, Schwalm (Hesse)
Grand Express Service, Europe, Egypt: S.S. Ausonia, S.S. Esperia
Cup from The Chicago Milwaukee and Saint Paul Railway
Granaries of Democracy
Grand Hotel Tschuggen, Arosa, Schweiz = Switzerland
The Lure of the National Parks
Vase: monoplane motif
Airplane flying over the Colosseum, Rome
Cuba: land of fiesta and siesta
South Africa Express; Italian Line, Genoa
Rex : Amalfi ; Capri - I Faraglioni ; Napoli dal Parco Grifeo
P & O tourist cruises by Mongolia & Moldavia
Sparkling Latin atmosphere in Cuba