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.

[P ostcards of various Florida hotels, Pan Am airport, streamliner, and steamships]
Roma Mercato di Traiano [Rome Trajan's Market]
Less than 6 days to Belgium via Cunard White Star
Commemorative plate, Zeppelin R III 1924
One hundred golden hours at sea
Burlaki [The Boatmen]
Coast to coast and return -- in 5 days: Santa Fe presents El Capitan for transcontinental Economy travel's greatest thrill | Santa Fe El Capitan: America's only all-chair-car transcontinental streamlined train
Sans Souci restaurant garden, Havana
Burlington's Denver Zephyr: overnight, everynight, between Chicago and Denver
Mediterraneo, New York: la linea dei "Gloriosi Conti"
Greyhound Lines
European winter time table, 1938-39: England to the continent
The American Rebild Park Denmark
Drive your own car in Europe
Journal of a trip to the island = Diario de un viaje a la isla, Mayo 4, '98