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Travel Brochures of the 20th century from 1940-1955.

Identifier: MS005

Scope and Contents

This collection includes travel brochures, information guides, and other tourist-related advertisements from 1940-1955. However, the majority of items are from 1952-1953. This collection is useful for researchers who want to focus on the travel industry in the 1950s. Brochures focus on parks and monuments throughout the United States.


  • Publication: Majority of material found within 1940 - 1955

Conditions Governing Use

Since there are no restrictions on this collection, it is open to research. However, please contact Broward College Archives and Special Collections, University/College Library at Broward College Central Campus in advance to schedule an appointment.


0.3 Linear Feet ( This collection includes a series of travel brochures depicting the travel industry and various attractions throughout the United States. The materials are from 1940-1955, but a few brochures do not have a listed date.)

Language of Materials



32 files. Arranged by File #.

Custodial History

Anonymous gift to Special Collections, June 2010.


Following years of despair during the Great Depression of the 1930s and war in the 1940s, Americans sought greater leisure after their victories in Europe and in the Pacific during World War II. In the 1950s, tourism increased across the United States, bringing in more revenue for attractions and more money for state parks. Cheaper air travel made it possible for Americans to visit more places than ever before. New airplane parts developed during World War II made the price of an airline ticket comparable to the price of a train ticket. President Dwight D. Eisenhower's creation of an Interstate Highway System in 1956 also resulted in increased tourism as these highways linked the nation via high speed, limited access highways. This collection of travel guides from the 1950's is a historical snapshot of life after World War II.

Processing Information

Processed in 2010 by Christina Foresman.

Travel Brochures of the 20th century from 1940-1955
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Repository Details

Part of the Broward College Archives and Special Collections Repository

Broward College
University/College Library
3501 SW Davie Road
Davie FL 33314