Catalog Archive
Auction 181, Lot 26

"Global Map for Global War and Global Peace",

Subject: World, World War II

Period: 1943 (dated)


Color: Printed Color

23.9 x 33.4 inches
60.7 x 84.8 cm

This pamphlet contains a very graphic and detailed World War II era map published by the Aluminum Company of America (Alcoa). It was designed on a north polar projection to demonstrate "the fact that the aeroplane changes our old earth-bound ideas as a map like this. The air is a universal highway. Flying routes naturally go across, not around." Flanking the map is text explaining the difference between the commonly seen Mercator projection and the polar projection along with opportunities in the aviation industry. The border includes airplane insignia for various nations (including Nazi Germany), and the verso is filled with additional illustrations including both "friendly" and "enemy" airplanes, plane formations, stunts, and various insignias for the U.S. Army, Navy, and Marines.

References: Rumsey #6781.003.

Condition: B

A colorful example, issued folding, with light wear along the fold lines. There are numerous short fold separations that have been mostly closed on verso with archival tape.

Estimate: $100 - $130

Sold for: $150

Closed on 2/10/2021