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.

Aboard the Nelly
Dinner: S.S. "Fushimi Maru," Commander S. Kimura, Tuesday 17th, November, 1936
Aeroshell Lubricating Oil: The Aristocrat of Lubricants
Rex : Monte Rosa dall'Alta val Sesia ; Torino ; Ivrea
Norddeutscher Lloyd Bremen: Frühstuck : Fussballfahrt nach England, 1935 : Schnelldampfer "Columbus," Freitag, den 6. Dezember
Renault: l'automobile de France
Madison Square
Talbot: toujours en tête du progrès
Plaza Hotel, Havana
Pelgrimages naar oude plekjes en oude tijden | Pilgrimages from old places and old times
San Sebastian: vista de la Bahia | San Sebastian: view of the bay
Floyd Zimmerman presents, The Miami Biltmore Water Revue of 1940: Coral Gables, Florida : souvenir program
En Piquant Sur l'Ile