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.

Güzellesen Istanbul
Design for a medallion
Park approach to West entrance, Panama-California Exposition, San Diego, Cal. 1915
Teapot: The Cube design
Fun map of the sunshine zone: lowest fares in history to Florida, Gulf Coast, New Orleans by Greyhound
Stre amliner, "City of Portland" | Streamliner, "City of Portland."
Arlberg Orient Express
Ter Herinnering aan de Eerste Passagiersvlucht van Nederland naar Ned-Indie en Terug 1927 [To commemorate the First Passenger flight from the Netherlands to the Dutch East Indies and back 1927]
Who's who among visitors to Havana and what's what in Cuba
Will You Sign?
The  Royal Palm, Havana, Cuba
1. decennale della R. Aeronautica: 28 Marzo-I, 28 Marzo-XI
Neptunia Oceania, 20.000 tonnen: die dritte klasse
Fork: K.P.M.