Graphic Design from the 1920s and 1930s in Travel Ephemera


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The Online Gallery


What's Going on Here? Ephemera?


This is a virtual online gallery I've created to display and share the best items in my collection of 1920s and 1930s travel-related ephemera. It is not my whole collection, just a portion.

Everything on this website is original. The material is not reproductions. Nothing on this website is for sale, it is purely an online gallery. And, despite the many emails I receive, this website is not a travel agency, a graphic design firm, a map service or a freight shipping company.

My basic passion is paper items such as travel brochures, airline time-tables, ocean liner time-tables, auto road maps, luggage labels,  advertising, and graphic design publications from the 1920s and 1930s, primarily in Europe but also Asia and, to a small degree, the U.S.A.

As I can, I am still collecting and still building this website and it will continue to grow. I still have much work to do and will post additions on the "What's New" page.


So, Why Did This Collection Happen?


I took the red pill, fell down the rabbit hole, and got stuck in Wonderland, and started collecting travel ephemera in 1992 while I was on my way to Prague, Czech Republic, where I lived from 1992 to 1994.  We had stopped in London on our way to Prague and one day in London we visited the famous British Museum.  Afterwards, we wandered down Museum Street, just south of the museum, and I stumbled on an Antiquarian book store.  In this store I notice a small brochure, which I would later learn were called "ephemera." 

I bought it thinking "how interesting!"  Little did I know...


Later, in Prague, I was walking through the streets of Prague's Old Town and I passed an Antiquarian Book Store.  I went inside and there were bins of old paper items. There were travel brochures and ocean liner time-tables and luggage labels. That was it - I was hooked.


Most of the items are from Europe, which is my main area of interest, with a concentration on Germany and Italy and Central Europe.  These countries had by far the best graphic design in the period influenced, no doubt, by the Bauhaus and Italian Futurism.




2013: Also, please see my Flickr Photostream. I have been posting many items there as well as items that are not from the 1930s.



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I am still collecting and will be adding to this website as time goes on. So please have a look and enjoy. And remember, click on the thumbnail images for a larger view!  And feel free to email me with any questions or comments!


-David Levine


Email Me: davidelevine <at> gmail <dot> com

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