As we head into Memorial Day weekend, millions of Americans will hit the road thus launching the summer travel season. Get in the vacation mindset by having a look at the out of this world travel posters in the Prints and Photographs Division collections.
A new reference aid “Around the World with the Library of Congress Poster Collection” provides an overview of the thousands of travel posters held here. In addition to being a visual delight, the posters support the study of tourism and transportation as well as advertising and graphic design techniques.
Jan Grenci, reference specialist for posters, who compiled the overview, notes: “Virtually every corner of the globe, from Argentina to Zimbabwe, with the exception of the North and South Poles, can be reached via poster.”
- See the travel poster reference aid “Around the World with the Library of Congress Poster Collection” for more eye-catching examples from the golden age of the travel poster and information about finding travel posters.
- For more travel images, explore the Frank and Frances Carpenter Collection, which consists of photographs produced and gathered by Frank G. Carpenter (1855-1924) and his daughter Frances (1890-1972) to illustrate his writings on travel and world geography.
- The World’s Transportation Commission Photograph Collection contains nearly nine hundred images by American photographer William Henry Jackson. He captured city views, street and harbor scenes, local inhabitants, and landscapes, while traveling through North Africa, Asia, Australia, and Oceania.