Europe Trip

The Europe the Cartwright family visited during the summer of 1938 had only existed for a couple months and would be gone by the fall of the next year. As they travelled across the continent, the family not only saw historic cities and sites but unknowingly witnessed historic changes.

Wilburn had promised the trip to his family “as a relief from the political turmoil, job seekers, and the concerns and duties of a congressman” and in many ways, it was just that. Building his own itinerary from a combination of offered trips, Cartwright created a family trip that saw the best of Europe including London, Brussels, Holland, the Rhine, Prague, Vienna, Venice, Switzerland, and Paris. While the busy schedule allowed for little leeway or venturing off the beaten path, the Cartwright family managed to see some of the most famous sights and do its fair share of souvenir shopping. Surrounded by economic difficulties, the rise of Nazism, and increasing intolerance, Wilburn, Carrie, Doralyn, and Wilburta managed to be American tourists in a world on the brink of war.

Correspondence between Carrie Cartwright and American Express

Correspondence between Carrie Cartwright and American Express

Final correspondence about trip arrangements and final payment.

Handwritten note about trip

Handwritten note about trip

Brief note about places visited on letterhead from hotel in Prague.

Trip Itinerary

Trip Itinerary

Final itinerary prepared for the Cartwright family; includes mutliple notes by Wilburn Cartwright.

Europe: Our Trip Abroad

Europe: Our Trip Abroad

Typescript of Wilburn Cartwright's travel journal. Includes an addition after the trip about how contemporary world affairs influenced the memories of their trip.

Handwritten note about trip by Wilburta Cartwright

Handwritten note about trip by Wilburta Cartwright

Note by Wilburta about their trip on the Rhine.

"The American Traveler in Europe"

"The American Traveler in Europe"

Travel brochure about independent travel to Europe by American Express

Officer, Doralyn Cartwright, Wilburta Cartwright, seated on life boat; and Carrie Cartwright, Wilburn Cartwright and officer standing in front, on ship's deck.

Officer, Doralyn Cartwright, Wilburta Cartwright, seated on life boat; and Carrie Cartwright, Wilburn Cartwright and officer standing in front, on ship's deck.

Picture of the Cartwright family and crew members of the Beemsterdyke.

Wilburta and Doralyn Cartwright leaning against ship's rail

Wilburta and Doralyn Cartwright leaning against ship's rail

Picture of the Cartwright family and crew members of the Beemsterdyke.

Cartwright family and other tourists posed in front of building, Prague, Czechoslovakia

Cartwright family and other tourists posed in front of building, Prague, Czechoslovakia

Cartwright family and other tourists in front of the medieval astronomical clock in Prague.

Cartwright family and other tourists looking out of bus windows, Vienna, Austria

Cartwright family and other tourists looking out of bus windows, Vienna, Austria

Cartwright family among group of tourists, in courtyard, Versailles Palace. Wilburn and Wilburta at left, Carrie and Doralyn in center

Cartwright family among group of tourists, in courtyard, Versailles Palace. Wilburn and Wilburta at left, Carrie and Doralyn in center

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Europe Trip

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