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Auction 191, Lot 153

"Radio Map of These United States Showing WGST and Affiliated Columbia Stations",

Subject: United States

Period: 1930 (circa)


Color: Black & White

15 x 10.4 inches
38.1 x 26.4 cm
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This pictorial map was issued by the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) to promote their various affiliates - on this example, Georgia Tech's WGST in Atlanta. Affiliates are located from coast to coast. Illustrations across the map show stereotypical cartoon figures tuning in to the radio in various locales: a hunter and moose huddled around a radio in Maine; a gentleman picking up signals on the dome of the U.S. Capitol; a mermaid sunbathing with music in Florida; Indigenous peoples adjusting the dial in New Mexico; a filmmaker operating his radio and camera in California. Drawn by Charles Henry Forbell (1884-1946) a cartoonist and commercial artist best known for his short-lived but innovative strip Naughty Pete and his design work on Planter's iconic Mr. Peanut campaign.

References: cf. Rumsey #9116.

Condition: A

Issued folding with a few spots of foxing in the blank margins.

Estimate: $200 - $230


Closed on 2/8/2023