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    Written by: Michael Dalby 6/2/2008 5:23 AM 

    Gypsy travelers

    The only real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new landscapes, but in having new eyes, in seeing the universe with the eyes of another, of hundreds of others, in seeing the hundreds of universes that each of them sees. - Marcel Proust

    The John G. White and Special Collections Department is currently displaying items on travelers, travel, exploration, and adventure, which includes items on gypsies or Romani, referred to as Traveler's in some cultures.  These nomadic wanderers carried their history and culture in carriage and caravan.  Also on display are photograph albums of trips to the Western United States by John G. White and several fellow adventurers who are clearly caught up in the natural beauty of the vast resources of the American West.  Featured are various images and narratives by men and women who followed a calling and set out to see new sights and experience cultures previously unknown to the West, as well as a collection of souvenir booklets from various locations in the United States and abroad.  During the nineteenth century, innovations in transportation, development of roads and railroads, and the invention of photography, which brought views of exotic lands into parlors and tea rooms on the Continent, in England, and in America, created a new interest in travel, exploration, and adventure to hitherto unknown regions of the world.  Travel to regions of Africa, Egypt, India, China, and the Polar Regions were undertaken with a sense of adventure and, at times, blindness to danger and hardship.   Visit the Cleveland Public Library Special Collections Department to view the display of books, photographs, and souvenir pamphlets related to travelers, travel, exploration, and adventure.


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