Auction 149, Lot 129

McCandish's Humorous Prohibition Map

"Bootlegger's Map of the United States",

Subject: United States

Period: 1926 (published)


Color: Hand Color

32 x 22 inches
81.3 x 55.9 cm

This unique map spoofing prohibition is by Edward McCandlish. Filled with puns, nothing is sacred in this hilarious look at alcohol and prohibition. Many place names are plays on words, like Chi-keg-o, Tus-Keg-ee, Mash-ville, Albu-Corky, Scoth (sic) Bluff, Booze (Boise), and many more (some so bad they hurt) - The pints of the compass are Norse, Wets, Yeast, and Souse. McCandlish was a prominent illustrator for the children's page in many newspapers in the 1920's and 1930's, making this parody a radical departure. A wonderful piece of Americana that beautifully captures the humor and mood of the time.


Condition: B

Issued folding and now flattened and backed with Japanese tissue with numerous fold separations that have been professionally repaired on verso with minimal loss of image and a minor amount of image skillfully replaced in facsimile. There is light toning and soiling primarily along the folds.

Estimate: $1,100 - $1,400

Sold for: $800

Closed on 5/21/2014