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Auction 174, Lot 129

"The United States - The Land and the People ",

Subject: United States

Period: 1958 (dated)


Color: Printed Color

26 x 18.1 inches
66 x 46 cm
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This extremely decorative pictorial map of the United States was designed by commercial artist Mary Ronin and published to promote the Brussels Universal and International Exhibition of 1958 (or Expo 58). It is a celebration of the diversity of cultures found in the United States, with common background nationalities noted in each state (for instance: Greek, Spanish, and Cuban in Florida; Finnish, Dutch, Belgian, Rumanian, and Syrian in Michigan). The map is filled with small illustrations highlighting history and culture: one of Christopher Columbus' ships sails across the Atlantic; the Statue of Liberty looms over a traffic cop and a rabbi off the coast of New York; a jazz trio plays on the Tennessee-Alabama state line; a cowboy lassoes a steer just above the Alamo in Texas; a film cameraman shoots the Pacific just to the north of an 18th-century Franciscan missionary in southern California. Four small insets in the corners show Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the United States Pavilion at the Expo. Figures representing different ethnicities and backgrounds hold hands above the map. The border is made up of alternating red and blue text listing the various nations of the world. Includes text and alternative titles in French and German. Verso features a diagram of, and guide to, the United States Pavilion.

References: PJ Mode Collection #1360.

Condition: A

Issued folding with a few tiny splits at fold intersections.

Estimate: $100 - $130

Sold for: $375

Closed on 9/11/2019