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Title:
The golden age of travel 1880-1939
Author:
Gregory, Alexis.
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Publication Information:
London : Cassell, 1998.
Physical Description:
220 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 31 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780304351534
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Book

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Surveys nearly a century of travel, from 1880 to 1939, including the ocean liner, luxury train, private yacht and zeppelin, as well as the advent of the airliner.


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You know the drill for overseas flights: wear clothes that are comfy, regardless of appearance; sit crunched up with hundreds of other irritable passengers; sleep in a horribly awkward position and pay for it in terms of a bad back for days; and eat food off a tray the size of half a place mat. Ah, travel. Many things in society have improved over the years--dentistry, certainly, and methods of communication, too. But can we really say that a jumbo jet is better than taking a steamer trunk or two on board the lovely Aquitania and looking forward to a relaxing crossing? The difference, of course, is that now people from all walks of life can enjoy the virtues of seeing foreign parts, whereas in the days of the great ocean liners, only the well-heeled had the time and means for leisure travel. Gregory celebrates in joyous word and absorbing picture the way travel was back in the heyday of doing it big. Pretend you are high society of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and let the author guide you to the hotels in Europe where you would stay, the transportation you would enjoy (luxurious trains in addition to the elegant queens of the ocean), and how to partake of the social season in Paris or London or St. Petersburg. "These were the gilded travelers on an endless round of pleasure," as Gregory would have it, and what a pleasure it is to fantasize being part of that gilded crowd as they made their way from Berlin to Athens to Cairo. --Brad Hooper