New - 2013:
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The Online Gallery
What's Going on Here?
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
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.
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.
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"
So, Why Did This Collection Happen?
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
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
Museum. Afterwards, we wandered down
Museum Street, just south of the museum, and I stumbled on an
book store. In this store I notice a
small brochure, which I would later learn were called "ephemera."
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.
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
2013: Also, please
Flickr Photostream. I have been posting many items there as well as items
that are not from the 1930s.
Rules For Using Images
use my images on another website. If you do, please credit them as being from
the collection of David Levine and provide a link to my website. Please
note that any image marked as belonging to another collector may not be used
without prior permission from its owner. If you have any questions please e-mail
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!
travelbrochures <at> hotmail <dot> com