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Auction 189, Lot 57

"[On 14 Sheets - Pan American World Airways' Map Calendar for 1946] A World of Neighbors",

Subject: Cartographic Miscellany, Calendar

Period: 1946 (dated)


Color: Printed Color

14.3 x 22.8 inches
36.3 x 57.9 cm
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This fascinating 1946 calendar was published by Pan American Airways to promote "international understanding of our neighbors." The calendar is bound by a string at top and is comprised of 14 sheets that include 12 monthly calendars, a front cover with introductory text, and a secondary introductory page with an oval-shaped globe surrounded by a visual lineage of the "Progress of Transportation through the ages." Each month features a collage of images representing a specific region around the world, illustrating the region's history, culture, monuments, and sites. On verso are black and white photographic images of places to visit in the region along with additional information for the traveler. January gives an overview of the United Kingdom, June focuses on the USSR, July features Africa, and December presents Alaska and Canada. The inside front cover promotes Pan Am's fleet of Flying Clippers, with "sound-proof, air-conditioned lounges" to save days "of valuable time-in-transit to every continent." This is the full original calendar with cardstock along the top edge imprinted "Pan American World Airways System" and original string tie binding the sheets together.


Condition: A

Excellent original condition with minor wear along the edges of the sheets and light extraneous folds where the calendar was folded for storage.

Estimate: $475 - $600

Sold for: $350

Closed on 9/14/2022