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.

KLM Royal Dutch Air Lines: three services a week : Amsterdam-Batavia winter service, valid from October 2nd 1937 to March 26th 1938
Lloyd Sabaudo: Menu
Sommer-Flugplan: gültig ab 8. Juni 1941
Exposition Internationale de la Houille Blanche et du Tourisme, Grenoble 1925 : 20 cartes détachables
Lloyd Triestino
Button: train motif
Mein auto = mon auto
"Bacardi": cerveza "Hatuey."
RMS Orama: Orient Line
Streamline!: from Business Week of February 10th, 1940
Service de la Méditerranée
Souvenir de Lahaye et Schéveningue | Souvenir of The Hague and Schevenigen
Gay Havana, Cuba: see all Cuba--Pinar del Rio, Habana, Matanzas, Las Villas, Camagüey, Oriente, Isla de Pinos
L' ane et le petit chien: fable de la Fontaine | The ass and the little dog
The Cabana Sun Club and Swimming Pool of the Hotel Nacional de Cuba, Havana, rendezvous of Havana society and cosmopolites for day-long lazing under the Cuban Sun