Travel Posters: A New Reference Aid

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.

Poster promoting Puerto Rico for tourism, showing view of park with palm trees.

Discover Puerto Rico U.S.A… Poster by Frank S. Nicholson, published between 1936 and 1940. LC-USZC2-847

Poster for United States Travel Bureau promoting travel to national parks, showing a waterfall.

See America: Visit the national parks. Poster by Harry Herzog, published between 1936 and 1940. LC-USZC2-833

Poster showing fountain and Chicago skyline.

Buckingham Fountain on Chicago’s lake front… Poster by John Buczak, published 1939. LC-USZC4-5158

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.”

Learn More:

  • 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.

One Comment

  1. John Roe
    May 23, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    This is really Awsome!!!

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