"[Lot of 2] A Good-Natured Map of the United States... [and] Map of Greyhound Lines and Principal Connecting Lines",
Subject: United States
Period: 1941-51 (circa)
A. A Good-Natured Map of the United States Setting Forth the Services of the Greyhound Lines and a Few Principal Connecting Bus Lines (18.5 x 11.5"), printed color, circa 1941. This is a reduced version of a vividly colored map that is filled with charming vignettes and figures. The map was issued during the 1930s-40s, the heyday of bus transportation in the U.S. 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. Self-folding (4.0 x 6.4") with related text and illustrations on verso. Condition: Clean and colorful with a few short splits at the fold junctions with minute loss.
B. Map of Greyhound Lines and Principal Connecting Lines (21.7 x 15.0"), black & white, circa 1951. This updated map shows the evolving network of bus lines, with Greyhound lines shown with a solid black line and connecting routes indicated by dashed lines. The map is flanked by illustrations one might see on a Greyhound bus including Old Faithful, Golden Gate Bridge, Natural Bridge, Niagara Falls and more. Text above the map encourages the reader to act: "This is Your America...Yours to See...Yours to Enjoy!" Self-folding (3.4 x 7.5") with related text and illustrations on verso. Condition: There are a couple of short splits at the fold junctions and a 1.5" edge tear at right that has been closed on verso with archival tape.
Issued folding. See description above for additional details.