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Early Highway Map of Texas

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335.     [MAP]. MID-WEST MAP COMPANY. Broadsheet folded map: [recto] Highway Map and Guide of Texas [copyright lower center] Copyright by Mid-West Map Co. Aurora, Mo. [below copyright] Nation-Wide Map Service. “See America First” [inset map at lower left] Western Section of Texas [half-tone photograph at top below title] Amarillo’s Two Great Hotels…Best Route to Colorado, New Mexico and California [half-tone photograph at lower right] Short Scenic Route along Beach to Galveston…To the West. Lithograph map printed in dark blue, border to border: 53.3 x 41 cm; overall sheet size: 56 x 43.5 cm; [title panel on verso] Highway Map and Guide of Texas For Service [logo] Follow the Sign Authorized Service from Coast to Coast…. Aurora, Missouri, n.d. [1928 or shortly thereafter]. Very fine condition. Matted, wooden frame, glazed. Very scarce in commerce. Yale and Harvard hold copies.

     Early highway map of Texas, with extensive text providing authorized service centers, hotels, cafes, index to cities and towns with population, etc. The date provided above is based on the date when the Federal government mandated that all established highway systems should use the number system. On the present map, for instance, located are U.S. Interstate Highways 90 and 66. Auto travel at that time was truly an adventure, to say the least, and, in fact, was referred to as “auto camping.” The key gives a symbol for towns that have “tourist camps.” Obstacles encountered driving in the early days were extreme weather, flat tires, breakdowns, mud, sand, few gas or comfort stations, infrequent cafes and accommodations; but then again, one might be forced to sleep under the stars. This map identifies types of roads, including earth, hard surface, graded, U.S. Interstate, state, and connecting county roads.


Sold. Hammer: $250.00; Price Realized: $300.00

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