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.

Chateau Madrid, Havana, Cuba
P.S. When in Cuba drink Hatuey beer... Hatuey is brewed by Bacardi
Winter under the warm Cuban sun: Hotel Nacional de Cuba, Havana
Building Better Automobiles for Over Fifty Years, 50th Anniversary 1903-1953
Blue Star Line: croisière de luxe aux Antilles par l'Arandora Star
Interior design for a lounge of an airplane
The  twinscrew motor ship Gripsholm
Trolley Car
The  California Limited: Santa Fe, eighteenth season, 1912-1913
RMS Orama: Orient Line
First in the World 1825-1925
1906: Esposizione internazionale di Milano, impresa a lloggi il Riposo
Botanical Court, Panama-California Exposition, San Diego, 1915
Egypt, the land of sunshine