Friday, November 14, 2008

Vintage Road Maps

Copyright 1925 - Rand McNally Official 1925 Auto Trails Map Arizona New Mexico. by Rand McNally & Company Chicago, Ill. - With Gulf Oil Refining Company advertisement on the back and Mobiloil, Vacuum Oil Company advertisement inside.

Copyright 1927 - Rand McNally auto road atlas of the United States and Ontario, Quebec, and the Maritime Provinces of Canada, with a brief description of the national parks and monuments - with Coca-Cola advertsing on the back.

Copyright 1932 - Rand McNally auto road map Minnesota, Rand McNally pocket maps of Minnesota for tourists, travelers, shippers, general commercial and business reference - with Coca-Cola advertsing on the back.

LINK: Cartography Associates, David Rumsey Collection.


Cory Gross said...

The cover of the Arizona-New Mexico/Eastern Provinces map is fantastic! I find something delightfully anachronistic about 1925 automobiles and tourism bumping up against perfectly pre-contact Native peoples.

Viewliner Ltd. said...

The artwork is fantastic. The perfect example of "everything is right with the world".

Major Pepperidge said...

Beautiful illustrations that evoke an era when people suddenly had the means to explore the wonders of America. I always marvel that my grandmother lived through this era, and even saw the U.S. put a man on the moon. And she lived about 30 more years after that!