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Hochstrasser, Roland. Globetrotters directory, Repertorio dei globetrotters, Annuaire des globetrotteurs. Lugano: Virtual museum of travel and tourism, 2017.

Description

In the rich history of tourism and travel industry, the role and importance of globetrotter’s adventures are often underestimated or simply not considered.

Between 1850 and 1945 hundreds of globetrotters travelled the world in extravagant ways, without the knowledge, experience or funding necessary for the assignment. Events and personal stories which provides an interesting key to interpreting tourism development.

The Globetrotters Directory offers an incomplete collection of those eclectic figures, edited mainly using written sources (books, periodicals and postcards). As noted by several researchers, some of those adventures are faked and thus it makes it more complicated to deal with this question.

Finally, it was also noted that a significant number of adventures left very little evidence: the information retrieval is just at the beginning!

Descrizione

Nella ricca storia del turismo e dei viaggi, il ruolo e le vicende dei globetrotters sono spesso aspetti dimenticati o nel migliore dei casi esposti nelle note a piè di pagina dei tomi.

Tra il 1850 e il 1945 centinaia di globetrotters si lanciarono nelle iniziative più stravaganti, spesso senza preparazione adeguata e senza fondi. Vicende e microstorie che nel loro eterogeneo complesso contribuiscono a fornire una chiave di lettura interessante del fenomeno turistico.

Il Repertorio dei globetrotters fornisce un elenco incompleto di questi personaggi eclettici, elaborato prevalentemente sulla base di attestazioni scritte (cartoline, articoli di giornale, libri). Come evidenziato da diversi ricercatori, alcuni di questi casi sono in realtà dei falsi, fatto che complica non poco il recupero delle informazioni.

Senza dimenticare che un numero importante di peripli non ha lasciato tracce o ne ha lasciate poche e disperse: il lavoro è solo all’inizio!

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Dans la riche histoire du tourisme et des voyages, le rôle et les récits des globetrotteurs ont été souvent oubliés ou – dans le meilleur des cas – relégué dans les pieds de page des ouvrages du secteur.

Entre le 1850 et le 1945 de centaines de globetrotteurs ont réalisé les initiatives bizarres, souvent sans une préparation adéquate et sans argent. Il s’agit de récits et de micro-histoires qui dans leur complexe hétérogène peuvent fournir une clé de lecture significative du phénomène touristique.

L’Annuaire des  globetrotteurs présente une sélection de personnages insolites, rédigée principalement sur la base de témoignages écrits (cartes postales, articles de journaux, livres). Comme l'ont signalé plusieurs auteurs, certains cas ne présentent pas suffisamment d’attestation et peuvent être considéré comme des faux, fait qui complique considérablement la récolte d’informations sur ce sujet.

Sans oublier qu’un nombre important d’aventures n’ont pas laissés de traces ou elles ont laissé uniquement d’attestations dispersés : le travail vient juste de commencer!

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Gladding, Effie Price. Across the Continent by the Lincoln Highway. New York: Brentano’s, 1915.

Description

From the Pacific to the Atlantic by the Lincoln Highway, with California and the Virginias and Maryland thrown in for good measure! What a tour it has been! As we think back over its miles we recall the noble pines and the towering Sequoias of the high Sierras of California; the flashing water-falls of the Yosemite, so green as to be called Vernal, so white as to be called Bridal Veil; the orchards of the prune, the cherry, the walnut, the olive, the almond, the fig, the orange, and the lemon, tilled like a garden, watered by the hoarded and guarded streams from the everlasting hills; and the rich valleys of grain, running up to the hillsides and dotted by live oak trees. We recall miles of vineyard under perfect cultivation. We see again the blue of the Pacific and the green of the forest cedars and cypresses. High Lake Tahoe spreads before us, with its southern fringe of emerald meadows and forest pines, and its encircling guardians, lofty and snow-capped. The high, grey-green deserts of Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming stretch before us once more, and we can smell the clean, pungent sage brush. We are not lonely, for life is all about us. The California quail and blue-jay, the eagle, the ground squirrel, the gopher, the coyote, the antelope, the rattlesnake, the big ring snake, the wild horse of the plains, the jack rabbit, the meadow lark, the killdeer, the red-winged blackbird, the sparrow hawk, the thrush, the redheaded wood-pecker, the grey dove, all have been our friends and companions as we have gone along. We have seen them in their native plains and forests and from the safe vantage point of the front seat of our motor car.

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Goldsmith, Oliver, Elizabeth Susan Abbot, J Rodwell, and Ibotson and Palmer. The Traveller. Philadelphia: J.P. Lippincott, 1889.

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London, Jack. The Road. London: The Macmillan company, 1907.

Description

"The Road" is an autobiographical memoir presenting stories from the time that Jack London spent as a hobo in the late 19th century.

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Salgari, Emilio. Una Sfida al Polo. Firenze: R. Bemporad & Figlio, 1909.

Descrizione

Raggiungere per primi e in macchina il Polo Nord per lo statunitense Torpon e per il canadese Montcalm non è solo una sfida tra le loro rispettive patrie. E' innanzitutto una sfida d'amore, per conquistare la mano della bella Miss Ellen Perkins, donna fuori dal comune, famosa per la sua bellezza ma anche per la sua predilezione e bravura negli sport. Anche i due contendenti sono sportmen d'eccezione, tuttavia le loro capacità, per uno strano scherzo del destino, si sono sempre eguagliate in tutte le sfide che hanno sostenuto e così si ritrovano tra i ghiacci del Polo, dove, oltre a gareggiare tra di loro, devo anche lottare contro le insidie della Natura.

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Swift, Jonathan. Gulliver’s Travels. Philadelphia: J.P. Lippincott, 1918.

Description

Shipwrecked and cast adrift, Lemuel Gulliver wakes to find himself on Lilliput, an island inhabited by little people, whose height makes their quarrels over fashion and fame seem ridiculous. His subsequent encounters - with the crude giants of Brobdingnag, the philosophical Houyhnhnms and the brutish Yahoos - give Gulliver new, bitter insights into human behaviour. Swift's savage satire view mankind in a distorted hall of mirrors as a diminished, magnified and finally bestial species, presenting us with an uncompromising reflection of ourselves.

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Thompson, Frederick Diodati, and Harry Fenn. In the Track of the Sun; Readings from the Diary of a Globe Trotter. New York: D. Appleton, 1893.

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Weston, Edward Payson. The Pedestrian: Being a Correct Journal of “Incidents” on a Walk from the State House, Boston, Mass., to the U.S. Capitol, at Washington, D.C., Performed in “Ten Consecutive Days,” between February 22d and March 4th, 1861. New York: Printed for E.P. Weston, 1862.

Description

As I am daily asked the question, what possessed me to make such an attempt as to walk from Boston to "Washington in ten consecutive days—at a time, too, when the condition of the roads was such as to render the walking very difficult— can think of no better way to answer this question, and others respecting this pedestrian performance, than by publishing this journal ; inasmuch as it is my intention to make the at- tempt again in May of the present year. I have also added to this, the account of my adventures, while " walking" from Philadelphia to Washington in disguise, a few days after the riot at Baltimore (19th of April, 1861), and my arrest by the Sixty-ninth regiment of New York State Militia, Colonel Mi- chael Corcoran. You will also find the particulars of my plans for the walk I contemplate taking in May next.

Tlie journal of my walk of "ten days" is compiled from notes taken by my companions on that excursion, Mr. Charles II. Foster, of Worcester, Massachusetts, and Mr. Abner A. Smith, of New Haven, Connecticut.

Having agreed that, were I not successful the first time, I would attempt it again, I am only too willing to do so. I trust you will overlook the many imperfections you will find in these pages, believing that the author can walk better than he can lorite.

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Ainsworth, William Francis. All Round the World : An Illustrated Record of Voyages, Travels and Adventures in All Parts of the Globe. London: W. Collins, 1871.

Description

The present edition covers the author's travels to several countries of the world. Ainsworth's interest is focused primarily on social and private life of various ethnicities, as well as monuments. As he writes in his introduction, it is a book on Geography, Science and Nature. Jerusalem, Sicily, China, Japan, the islands of the Indic Ocean, Mongolia, the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, Cuba, the Galapagos islands, Dalmatia, the Maldives, Mount Athos, North America, South Africa, the steppes of Siberia and Morocco are only some of the countries and regions described in a text accompanied by abundant illustrations. 

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Dollfus, Ruggero. Viaggio intorno al Globo di un luganese, Ottobre 1900 - Luglio 1901. Lugano: stabilimento tipografico Fratelli Traversa, 1902.

Descrizione

Nell'ottobre 1900 l’egregio nostro concittadino dr. Roggero Dollfus partiva dal Ticino per recarsi a fare un viaggio intorno al globo. Fin dai primi giorni egli prese a scrivere regolarmente alla famiglia le proprie impressioni: le sue lettere, stese in lingua francese e certo non destinate dal suo autore alla pubblicità, portavano un carattere simpaticissimo di sincerità, di freschezza; di evidenza, che avvinse tutti coloro cui fu dato di leggerle. Il sottoscritto si fece ardito a pregare la cortese famiglia Dollfus di permettere la riproduzione nel "Corriere del Ticino" di quelle note di viaggio: non solo il permesso fu accordato, ma la gentilissima signora Laura, la mamma del giovane viaggiatore, si assunse la cura della traduzione in italiano.

 

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Murphey, Claude Charles. Around the United States by Bicycle. Detroit: Press of Raynor & Taylor, 1906.

Description

Clarence M. Darling and Claude C. Murphey, age 19 and 20 respectively, left Jackson, Michigan, on May 2, 1904, to make a trip by bicycle through every state and territory within the boundary lines of the United States proper, namely, fortv-five states, four territories, and the District of Columbia. The trip was the result of a wager. 

Upon the success of the tour a purse of five thousand dollars would be won by the two contestants providing that they lived up to all the terms and stipulations of the wager. The conditions were that they were to start on this long journey penniless, while on the trip they were neither to beg, work, borrow, nor steal, all the expenses of the tour to be met by the profits resulting from the sale of an aluminum card-receiver or ash-tray, a fac-simile of which is given on one of the following pages.

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Woolf, Dwight Homer, and Woolf. Tramping and Camping. Kansas City, Kan.: S. I. Meseraull & Son, Printers, 1912.

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The unique experience of Mr. and Mrs. Dwight H. Woolf, the champion Long Distance Walkers, has awakened general interest throughout the United States. 

In 1909, Mr. Woolf's doctor informed him that he would have to get out in the open and stay there, or he would die. He weighed only 107 pounds, including clothes, and was growing weaker daily. Yet he hesitated about giving up his business as a music publisher - his life work; and it seemed a little short of madness to forego all the luxuries - the so-called "comforts" - of civilization 

But Mrs. Woolf, who was a brave, sensible woman, thoroughly devoted to her husband's interests, agreed with the physician and suggested a walk to the Ozark Mountains. 

That was the beginning of a most remarkable series of trips through Missouri, Kansas, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and up through the north Atlantic States to New York and Boston, then home to Kansas City - in the aggregate, a journey of about 10,300 miles. 

Yet, wherever the couple went there was really but one destination - health. 

Mr. Woolf gained strength and, not long after starting, was able to make twenty-five or thirty miles in a day.

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