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.

Aeroshell Lubricating Oil: The Aristocrat of Lubricants
La Pureté du dessin, la simplicité des lignes, l'harmonie générale de l' ensemble
Fork: K.P.M.
Agenda PLM | Agenda Paris Lyon Méditerranée
50 jaar, 1897-1947: N.V. Hotel des Indes, Batavia | 50 years, 1897-1947: N.V. Hotel des Indes, Batavia | Vijftig jaar, 1897-1947: N.V. Hotel des Indes, Batavia
Havana-Miami: daily overnight service
Album de estatística gráphica dos caminhos de ferro portuguezes das províncias ultramarinas, 1896
"Saludos, amigos": fly C.S. to Havana
Cool cruises to Havana: greatest pleasure port of all
Button: train motif
Cabin plan of the New Washington: United States Lines
Visit Cuba: Havana with price tours ; so near and yet so foreign, 90 miles from Key West
Tours in South Africa: also West and Equatorial Africa and from Cairo to the Cape, season 1934-35 | Cook's Tours in South Africa
Luxury cruise to the romantic borderlands of the Mediterranean: Palestine, Egypt : S.S. Statendam : leaving New York February 9th, 1933