Auction 162, Lot 143

"A Good-Natured Map of the United States Setting Forth the Services of the Greyhound Lines and a Few Principal Connecting Bus Lines",

Subject: United States

Period: 1938 (dated)

Publication:

Color: Printed Color

Size:
28.9 x 19.1 inches
73.4 x 48.5 cm

Full-color pictographic map that is filled with charming vignettes and figures. This brightly colored map is the best of a number of maps issued by Greyhound in the 1930s and 1940s, the heyday of bus transportation in the US. The Greyhound bus routes are delineated in bold black with the interconnecting routes in dotted line. Small pictographs highlight the attractions throughout the country and most are accompanied by humorous text including "thar's room in Texas for all of Yurrup and half of Africa, yes suh" and in Nebraska, "no use making a pig of yourself, get out there an' give a lady a chance."

The title cartouche is bounded with two vintage Greyhound buses. The map is further embellished with a fancy legend cartouche featuring the sleek greyhound associated with the business, and a large compass rose and fleur-de-lis in the Atlantic. The map is in the style of Jo Mora. There is no artist attribution, but there is a monogram at lower right with a "K" followed by the delta symbol. Printed by The Reserve Litho & Ptg. Co., Cleveland with the Greyhound copyright in the lower left corner seen only in the early editions of this map.

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Condition: A

A clean, very colorful example with tiny pinholes in the corners of the map border and a few minor creases in the right corner of the bottom blank margin.

Estimate: $250 - $325

Sold for: $160

Closed on 4/26/2017

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