Promotional

<em>25 Miles Staging Saved! Great Through Route Burlington &amp; Missouri River Rail Road!</em>
Burlington & Missouri Railroad Company, 25 Miles Staging Saved! ..., 1858.

 

Promotional materials that encourage travel are primarily artifacts of the last 150 years, when moving further than a horse can travel in one day became both cheap and readily possible. For most people this meant train travel. After the First World War cars began to overtake trains as a more flexible, not to say thrilling, way to go. Railraods and then the automobile industry responded to popular demand for travel with printed materials that enticed people to leave home and then helped travelers along the way.

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This poster was created by the burgeoning Burlington & Missouri River Railroad and is one of the oldest pieces in the Newberry’s massive collection of railroad archives. [Essay 33]

Burlington & Missouri Railroad Company
25 Miles Staging Saved! Great Through Route Burlington & Missouri River Rail Road!

Burlington, Iowa, 1858
Gift of the Burlington Northern Railroad Company, 1975
CB & Q uncataloged

 

 

Promotional materials that encourage travel are primarily artifacts of the last 150 years, when moving further than a horse can travel in one day became both cheap and readily possible. For most people this meant train travel. After the First World War cars began to overtake trains as a more flexible, not to say thrilling, way to go. Railroads and then the automobile industry responded to popular demand for travel with printed materials that enticed people to leave home and then helped travelers along the way. 

<em>The Yellowstone National Park, and the Mountain Regions of Portions of Idaho, Nevada, Colorado and Utah</em>
F.V. Hayden (author) and Thomas Moran (illustrator), The Yellowstone National Park, ..., 1876.

This reproduction of a Thomas Moran watercolor painting comes from a volume, written by Ferdinand Vandeveer Hayden, commemorating Congress’ establishment of Yellowstone National Park in 1872. [Essay 14]

Ferdinand Vandeveer Hayden (author), Thomas Moran (illustrator)
The Grand Canyon Yellowstone
, from The Yellowstone National Park, and the Mountain Regions of Portions of Idaho, Nevada, Colorado, and Utah
Boston: L. Prang and Company, 1876
Gift of Everett D. Graff, 1964
VAULT oversize Graff 1830

 

<em>Rand McNally Official 1919 Auto Trails Map District No. 1</em>
Rand McNally and Company, Rand McNally Official 1919 Auto Trails Map District No. 1, 1919.

The name Rand McNally has been synonymous with mapmaking for many Americans. This 1919 map of northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin shows an attempt to impose order on a chaotic system of local routes. [Essay 90]

Rand McNally Official 1919 Auto Trails Map District No.1
Chicago: Rand McNally & Co., 1919
Gift of Rand McNally and Co., 1989
RMcN Auto Trails 6F 4 (PrCt)

<em>The Battle of Verdun</em> from the series of&nbsp;<em>Michelin Illustrated Guides to the Battlefields (1914-1918)</em>
The Battle of Verdun ..., ca. 1920

In 1900 the tire manufacturer, Michelin, published its first guide to good food and lodging in France. After the end of World War I, the company issued a different series: guidebooks, in French and English, to the battlefields on the Western Front of that war. [Essay 89]

Michelin Illustrated Guides to the Battlefields (1914–1918): Verdun and the Battles for Its Possession
Clermont-Ferrand: Michelin & Cie., 1920
Gift of Roger Baskes, 2009
Baskes DC801.V45 B38 1920