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.

Magneti Marelli, Licenza Bosch [Magneti Marelli, Bosch License]
Commemorative medal, Ganz and Company January 17, 1914
Women's Building: Cotton States & International Exposition
Automobilismo e ciclismo: ing. Bianchi, Magnani e Rondoni | Motoring and cycling: Bianchi, Magnani, and Rondoni, engineers
Golden Gate Bridge
Togoshi Ginza Station, July 1940
Nederlandsche Spoorwegen, met de regelmaat van een uurwerk [Dutch Railways, with the Regularity of a Clock]
Design for a medallion
Commemorative scarf: Graf Zeppelin
Fiat:  produzione ferroviaria, tramviaria, filoviaria
Schloss-Hotel, Enderlin, Pontresina, Engadine, 6000 feet
Man with a Drill
Stè. Gle. de Transports Maritimes À Vapeur [General Society of Maritime Steam Transport]
French Line: S.S. Champlain