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.

I'm going down to old Havana town: song one step
Nederlandsche luchtreisgids 1931
Promenade Deck
Reichsautobahnen in Deutschland [Reichs Autobahn in Germany]
Europa, Sud America: Neptunia, Oceania : classe unica
Exposition Internationale de la Houille Blanche et du Tourisme, Grenoble 1925 : 20 cartes détachables
Commemorative plate, Sammelteller Erinnerungf Z.R. III
Subway in Spring, March 1937
The Famous Counts
In the land of Breathitt | Breathitt: a guide to the feud country
View of Sunamachi [Joto Ward], June 1934
The  old captain and his ship
To The Advancement of Motor Transportation. Commemorating the Twenty Fifth Anniversary of General Motors 1908-1933
Havana, Cuba via the palatial S.S. Florida