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.

Graf Zeppelin Zaterdag 18 Juni Landing [Graf Zeppelin Saturday 18 June Landing]
Linee Aeree Italiane [Italian Airlines]
Motor Transcontinental Medal
Menu: Panama Mail Steamship Company
[P ostcards of various Florida hotels, Pan Am airport, streamliner, and steamships]
Bowl: NASM
Aircraft flying over the Basilica of Saint Anthony in Padua, Italy
Hanging Lamp [Sailing Ship]
Introducing the new Manhattan, the largest and finest liner ever built in America and the world's fastest cabin ship
Plaza Hotel, Havana
Achtung!: Das neue Verkehrsspiel | Attention!: the new traffic game
The  London & North Western Rly Co's exhibits at the St. Louis Exposition, 1904: London and North Western
Visit Cuba with your own car
Drive your own car in Europe