McCandlish's Humorous Prohibition Map
"Bootlegger's Map of the United States",
Subject: United States
Period: 1926 (dated)
Color: Black & White
33.8 x 21.3 inches
85.9 x 54.1 cm
This unique wall map spoofing prohibition was created by Edward McCandlish and first published in the Washington Post in 1926. 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. The Bootleggers' Map was a hit early on, and the Griswold Press (Detroit) issued a second version in the late 1920s (the present example). The map continued a successful run after Prohibition ended and was syndicated to several other publishers. Roderick Barron of Barron Maps wrote an excellent article describing the map's publication history here.
The map itself is filled with illustrations and puns, as nothing is sacred in this hilarious look at alcohol and prohibition. Many place names are plays on words, like Chi-keg-o, Albu-Corky, Fill-More, Booze (Boise), and many more (some so bad they hurt) - The pints of the compass are Norse, Wets, Yeast, and Souse. A wonderful piece of Americana that beautifully captures the humor and mood of the time.
References: Hornsby (Picturing America) pp. 59 & 72.
A clean and bright example. Originally issued folding, the map has been flattened and backed with linen to reinforce and repair a few minor fold separations and a short edge tear at bottom.