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Geography and maps

Tourism and postcards

Cartel de las Rías Bajas

The tourist pamphlet has been an important vehicle for advertising and promoting Spain, focussing on general, cultural, and historical themes, monumental-historical heritage, popular traditions, etc., and including photographs of tourist attractions in Spain. The Biblioteca Nacional has been gathering this source of information and printed propaganda, and has formed an important collection of pamphlets from the first half of the twentieth century, including those dating from the Second Republic and the Civil War period, and other more modern brochures, including those printed today.

The modern assets also include an important collection of over 600,000 postcards depicting cityscapes, landscapes, etc.., primarily Spanish. They are arranged geographically and are of great interest for the study of the transformation of urban settings and countryside in Spain in recent years.