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.

Conte di Savoia: nuovo Super-Espresso di ca. 50,000 tonn
To South America by Zeppelin: 1934 time table of the air- ship "Graf Zeppelin"
British Airways Ltd. Paris & Scandinavia
List of passengers in First Class and Second Cabin: motor- liner "Gripsholm"
La  Florida : Floridita bar restaurant ; always the best ; the cradle of daiquiri cocktail
[Card photograph of airplane in airport]
Mural study: aviation
Punctuality Underground
Havana arrivals
Il Bagno Giornaliero Dona Vigore E Gioia [The Daily Bath Gives Vigor and Joy]
S.S. Conte Grande: italia united fleets, the second class
KLM Vliegtuig (Fokker F XVIII) Wekelijksche Dienst Amsterdam – Batavia [KLM PLane (Fokker F XVIII) Weekly Service Amsterdam-Batavia]
Idro rosso: aeropittura
Abstract of log of the Cunard White Star R.M.S. Queen Mary
California hotels: the famous hosteleries along the road of a thousand wonders