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. Many friends and fellow collectors
have asked to see the items in my collection so I figured, why not,
I'll build a website to display the best ones. Everything on
this website is original. They are 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.
I am still collecting and still building this website and it
will continue to grow. Right now there are over 1300 individual
images on the website. I still have much work to do and will
post additions on the "What's
New"page so keep checking back!
I "fell down the rabbit hole," or rather, I 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
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
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.
This website is best viewed with Internet
Explorer. Netscape has some issues. AOL should be O.K.
Sorry. Or click on the image below and navigate from
You may 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
me below. 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!