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Auction 176, Lot 19

"[Lot of 3 - TWA Flight Route Maps] TWA Airway Map and Log [and] TWA Air Atlas [and] TWA International Air Routes - U.S.A. - Europe - Africa - Asia", Rand McNally & Co.

Subject: World, Flight Maps

Period: 1939-63 (dated)


Color: Printed Color

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These charming vintage booklets were given as souvenirs to passengers flying Trans World Airlines (TWA). Founded as Transcontinental & Western Air in 1930, TWA was one of the four major airlines in the United States. After WWII and the introduction of the incomparable Lockheed Constellation airliner, TWA expanded into Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, thereby becoming the second international airline based in the United States (after Pan Am). The earliest booklet in this lot was published while the company was still called Transcontinental & Western Air. It features a large United States route map as well as numerous smaller maps covering regional flights. Each of these smaller maps is accompanied by multiple illustrated views covering sites of interest in the region. The second booklet includes a world map and a general U.S. map, but the main emphasis is on domestic flight routes with fourteen small regional maps. The final booklet in the lot was published after the airline transitioned to international flights and covers routes around the world. The booklets were produced by Rand McNally and feature lovely illustrations reflective of the popular art styles at the time of their respective publications.

A. TWA Airway Map and Log, dated 1939 (27.4 x 17.3"). Condition: Issued folding with some light stains primarily confined to the edges, a couple tiny splits at fold intersections, and a touch of soiling in the text.
B. TWA Air Atlas, dated 1945 (9.0 x 9.1"). Condition: Faint toning and minor wear along the edges.
C. TWA International Air Routes - U.S.A. - Europe - Africa - Asia, dated 1963 (10.0 x 10.0"). Condition: There are minor stains along the bottom of the covers and a touch of wear along the edges.


Condition: B+

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Estimate: $140 - $170

Sold for: $110

Closed on 2/12/2020