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Auction 130, Lot 165

"Aviation Map of the United States Featuring Landing Fields Improved and Unimproved… / Official Auto Trails Map of the United States Featuring Tourist Camp Sites", Rand McNally & Co.

Subject: United States

Period: 1923 (dated)

Publication: The Complete Camp Site Guide…With Official Directory of Aeroplane Landing Fields

Color: Printed Color

40 x 26 inches
101.6 x 66 cm
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This rare, early aviation map of the United States was published in April 1923. We locate only one other copy in the Library of Congress' collection. Akerman in Cartograhics of Travel and Navigation (The Kenneth Nebenzahl, Jr., Lectures in the History of Cartography) , p. 237, confirms the date of publication and describes the map: "Using data collected by [U.S. Air Service] Rand, McNally published its first aviation map of the U.S. in April, 1923. More than 3,000 landing fields are shown by dot symbols…" The map is printed in b&w with green overprinting to locate airports. Green overprinting is also used the divide the states into nine districts as indicated in Roman Numerals, but there is no explanation of these regions. Five large inset maps: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, and Boston. The map was created by the United States Touring Information Bureau, Waterloo, Iowa with the cooperation of the Airway Section of the United States Army Air Service and the Aeronautical Chamber of Commerce of America. On the verso is the printed color map U.S. Auto Trails Map with Tours and Camp Sites. This is the first aviation map produced by the Rand, McNally Company. It may have been issued separately, but it is known to have been included in the Complete Camp Site Guide in a pocket at the rear which likely accounts for the light stain near the title.


Condition: B+

Very nice example less a few fold intersection splits and a small area near title of toning or staining and a fold or two with toning. Folding as issued.

Estimate: $150 - $200

Sold for: $75

Closed on 12/2/2009