Away We Go

Whether for business or pleasure, travel is a favorite pastime for Americans of all ages. Research shows that both domestic and foreign travel are on the rise, with Americans showing the most enthusiasm for travel within the United States. Whether journeying to lands unknown at home or abroad, Americans are hitting the road in greater[…]

Women on the River and the Railway in Victorian England

The impact of the early railway was registered as both exciting and horrifyingly destructive by Victorian writers. The opening of the first direct railway line from London to the Kent coast in 1862 challenged traditional dichotomies between town and country, and contributed to a growing nostalgia associated with the river. Fin-de-siècle writers used the apparent[…]

Why Americans Invented the RV

In 1915, new creature comforts created by technology merged with the back-to-nature movement. On August 21, 1915, the Conklin family departed Huntington, New York on a cross-country camping trip in a vehicle called the “Gypsy Van.” Visually arresting and cleverly designed, the 25-foot, 8-ton conveyance had been custom-built by Roland Conklin’s Gas-Electric Motor Bus Company[…]

Traveling Artists in 19th-Century Latin America: Visions and Views

Visual registers of Latin America acquired new characteristics at the dawning of the 19th century. Introduction Alongside the pointedly secular practice of the scientific Enlightenment, naturalistic in character, there emerged an artistic current that produced images with a strong subjective quality. This American iconography of the 19th century was the work of traveling artists. In[…]