Catalog Archive
Auction 184, Lot 171

"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: 1935 (circa)

Publication:

Color: Printed Color

Size:
28.9 x 19.1 inches
73.4 x 48.5 cm
New! Download High Resolution Image
(or just click on image to launch the Zoom viewer)

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.

References:

Condition: A

A clean and bright example, issued folding and now professionally backed in thin, archival tissue to repair a few small holes a fold intersections.

Estimate: $200 - $230

Sold for: $210

Closed on 9/15/2021

Archived