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.

Park approach to West entrance, Panama-California Exposition, San Diego, Cal. 1915
Introducing the New Manhattan
Crociera aerea del decennale, 1933-XI: Roma, Chicago, New York, Roma
Royal Mail Line Mediterranean cruises by R.M.S.P. "Arcadian" & "Araguaya", Autumn 1927
K.L.M. Royal Dutch Air Lines: Winter service, 1938-1939 ; valid from October 2nd, 1938 until the beginning of the summer service 1939
Bord-Liste der Passagiere des Lloyd-Schnelldampfers "Columbus" aus Anlass des 6. Fussball-Länderkampfes
Untitled (for W.P.A. mural)
La  Florida ; bar, restaurant ; the cradle of the daiquiri cocktail
The  Mining Building, Panama-California Exposition, San Diego, Cal
La Pureté du dessin, la simplicité des lignes, l'harmonie générale de l' ensemble
Cabaret Faraon : Havana's most typical cabaret ; Zanja & Belascoain ; Tel. U - 6610, Havana
Croisière Amazone/Antilles [Amazon/Antilles Cruise]
Autobahnbrücke Teufelstal [Teufelstal Autobahn Bridge]
Express-Steamer Bremen: Norddeutscher Lloyd Bremen
Pennsylvania Train Yard, Baltimore, Maryland