Welcome

Old Guidebooks Online is taking a new look at an old thing: tourist guidebooks from the 18th and 19th century. Tourist guidebooks were important pieces of material culture for those lucky enough to afford to travel. Evidence also sugggests that tourist guidebooks were used by communities who could not travel. For those folks, guidebooks provided them with an opportunity to imagine a city or landscape. This project tries to bring these guidebooks to life by visualizing named entities, and the paths that guidebooks offered to readers eager to explore new places. We use content in the public domain, available on platforms such as HathiTrust and the Internet Archive.


Southwest Florida

Located along the southwest Gulf coast of the U.S. state of Florida, the area is known for its tourist economy, lush landscape, and beautiful beaches.

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