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Auction 194, Lot 211


"Territory of Alaska", White, Ruth Taylor

Subject: Alaska

Period: 1935 (circa)

Publication: Our U.S.A. - A Gay Geography

Color: Printed Color

11.6 x 8.5 inches
29.5 x 21.6 cm
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This playful map was issued in White's Our U.S.A. - A Gay Geography. It is filled with playful imagery symbolic of the state including fishing scenes, mining activities, various wildlife, Eskimos, and even Santa Claus hiding behind the Baird Mountains. Across the Bering Strait, a friendly Russian and polar bear wave to an Eskimo. The map is further decorated by a large totem pole, setting sun, and banner-style cartouche.

Ruth Taylor White's charming pictorial maps are among the most popular collectible maps of the early 20th century. Shortly after the publication of the first edition of Our U.S.A. - A Gay Geography in 1935, the New York Times reviewed it as follows: "Any one who remembers his childhood efforts to visualize Kentucky as something more than the green spot on the map, or New York as the pink State, will appreciate this volume. Brilliantly colored pictorial maps of the same order which have been amusing adults for the past decade show the United States and their Territories as active, picturesque entities" (November 17th, 1935).

References: Rumsey #7823.

Condition: A

Clean and colorful with a hint of toning.

Estimate: $70 - $90

Sold for: $140

Closed on 9/13/2023