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.

Suehiro Street in Senju, August 1937
Old Bay Line : the best way in every way by night boat : Baltimore -- Norfolk -- Old Point comfort -- Portsmouth
Will You Sign?
Sabena: timetable & fares, Summer 1939
SCADTA: since 1919 : South America's oldest air service : we fly in Colombia
Festival of the sea: dinner aboard S.S. Lurline
Alaska cruises: Steamship "Queen" : season, 1909 : Lunch
Centerpiece: galleon-shape
Album de estatística gráphica dos caminhos de ferro portuguezes das províncias ultramarinas, 1898
Stazione d'arrivo in Piazza d'Armi: ingg. Bianchi, Magnani e Rondoni : Esposizione di Milano, 1906 | Station of arrival in the Piazza d'Armi: Bianchi, Magnani, and Rondoni, engineers : Milan exposition, 1906
Untitled [Spirit of Progress, Skyscrapers & Liner]
Ship's officers port menu: meal hours : breakfast 7:30-8:30, lunch 11:30-12:30, dinner 4:30-5:30 : Saturday, January 5, 1952
Riviera - Fahrten der Hamburg Amerika Linie [Riviera - Trips The Hamburg America Line]
[Postcard of Floridita bar area]
Manufactures and Liberal Arts Building: Cotton States & International Exposition