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.

Havana, Cuba
Railcar reading lamp
Petit déjeuner = Breakfast: Paquebot "Ile-de-France" : classe cabine
Köln: die Domstadt am Rhein | Cologne: cathedral city on the Rhine
Gay Cuba
Farewell-dinner given in honor of tourist class passengers by the Italian Line: Mv. "Saturnia," at sea, June 29, 1937-XV
[Gaucho marinading ribs cooking over an open fire with wine]
Watch Willys for 1940 : the best car for most people
Lloyd Sabaudo
Nach England [To England]
Plymouth for 1937
La  Florida : Floridita bar restaurant ; always the best ; the cradle of daiquiri cocktail
To Havana & Miami
Fork: K.P.M.
Norddeutscher Lloyd Bremen: Abschiedsessen, farewell - dinner