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Auction 185, Lot 670

"Newsmap [Untitled - Papua New Guinea, World War II]", U.S. Gov't Printing Office

Subject: Southeast Asia, World War II

Period: 1943 (dated)


Color: Printed Color

42.4 x 33.5 inches
107.7 x 85.1 cm
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This large-format map covers Papua New Guinea, extending to include the surrounding islands of New Britain, Latangai, and Bougainville. There are only a few place names by the coasts, but the map offers excellent topographical detail with a three-dimensional quality. This map was issued on the verso of the "Newsmap" for Monday, January 3, 1944 which covers the news from December 22-29, 1943 - the 225th week of the war. This issue contains brief text related to the war fronts (including Papua New Guinea) and is accompanied by maps of central Italy and the English Channel. Augmenting the maps are several large photographs depicting various battle locations. Prepared by the Army Orientation Course and issued by the U.S. Government Printing Office.

From 1942-46, the U.S. Army published "newsmaps" to keep American troops updated on the war. These weekly posters were distributed and posted in every American installation in the world and were intentionally more visual than descriptive to help engage and motivate personnel.


Condition: B+

Bold color, folded with a few short separations at fold intersections and one small hole at a fold intersection at bottom right. There is some soiling along the left edge of the sheet and a dampstain that impacts the map of central Italy.

Estimate: $140 - $170

Sold for: $70

Closed on 11/17/2021