The Rare Book Room at the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library holds thousands of posters. Some of the most visually appealing graphics appear in those dealing with travel. The use and artistic merit of posters exploded with the invention of chromolithography in the nineteenth century. Originally, these posters were designed as advertisements to capture the imaginations of travelers and included imagery of exotic locales and luxurious accommodations. Today, vintage travel posters are highly collectible. Click "Read More" to see a selection of travel posters from the exhibition.
Trieste. Designed by Giorgio Viola, 1938. Call # RBR Print 227.
Postojna Cave. Design by Franz Lenhart, 1935. Call # RBR Print 217.
Coming! 1929. Lithograph, circa 1928. Call # RBR Print 205.
Bologna. Design by Severino Trevator, circa 1930. Call # RBR Print 223.
Cunard White Star. Design by Samuel John Milton Brown, circa 1930. Call # RBR Print 210.
Lloyd Sabaudo. Lithograph, circa 1920s. Call # RBR Print 206.
Roma. Design by Virgilio Retrosi, circa 1930. Call # RBR Print 222.
Image Reproduction: Interested in obtaining an image from the exhibit? Contact the library via email or call (716) 858-7900. Fees and copyright restrictions may apply; see the Rare Book Room policy on image reproduction for details.