Burton Holmes and the Invention of the Travelogue

A fascinating and little known character in American travel history, Burton Holmes (1870-1958) was a lecturer who may or may not have invented the term “travelogue.” The Chicago-born banker’s son certainly was one of the first practitioners of the craft, traveling around the world at the turn of the 20th century, then coming home to crisscross the country lecturing and showing his travel films. Holmes has a star on Hollywood Boulevard in celebration of his early work in combining travel lecturers with moving pictures.

Here’s a website devoted to Holmes.

Here’s a YouTube video of a “Burton Holmes Films” production that I found particularly interesting. It’s not about travel at all. It’s about the fundamentals of the newspaper industry, for those who may be interested in a career in journalism.


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