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.

Hotel Lincoln, Havana, Cuba
Togoshi Ginza Station, July 1940
Expreso Aéreo : alas sobre Cuba, wings over Cuba
Bell's Buffalo Soap
Administration Building
Ned. Indische luchtreisgids 1934
Birds eye view of the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific exposition grounds, Seattle, Wn., 1909
Nederlandsch Indie Speciale Retourbiljetten 100 Dagen [Dutch East Indies Special Return Ticket 100 Days]
Nederlandsche Spoorwegen, met de regelmaat van een uurwerk [Dutch Railways, with the Regularity of a Clock]
Hotel Comodoro, Havana, Cuba ; completely air conditioned
La  Zaragozana restaurant, establecido en 1830, menu: especialidad en mariscos
Holland - Amerika Linie Rotterdam [Holland - America Line Rotterdam]
Columbia and Hartford Bicycles
I'll see you in C-U-B-A
Roma: the first class ; Italian Line