This is a 1941 Albert Richard pictorial map of the United States highlighting the many American's passion for college football. The map depicts the continental United States from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean and from Canada to Mexico with thick teal lines creating the borders between the states. The map's focus, however, is on the tradition and fanfare associated with college football, a uniquely American past time. 239 different schools are referenced in some manner and correspond with an index along the bottom border which provides the school's location by city and state, nickname, and win-loss-tie record for 1940. Some schools are marked only by their names, while others are highlighted by pennants, seals, or caricatures of their mascot. The latter include LSU, Kentucky, Auburn, Duke (with the Blue Devil pointing its pitchfork at UNC's pennant), Wisconsin, Wyoming, UCLA, Oregon State, Oregon, and the University of Washington. Conference winners are highlighted by large blue stars bearing the college or university's name and conference affiliation, while All-Americans are recognized with red stars bearing their name, position, and college or university. Bowl games are also included, marked by small stadiums and the score of the 1940 game. Conference winners dating back to 1896 are listed along both borders. Small infographics on either side of the index along the bottom border include illustrations of official signals on the left side and rivalry trophies on the right.
Publication History and CensusThis map was created by F.E. Cheeseman and published by the Albert Richard Company in 1941. We are aware of only one institutional example, which is part of the David Rumsey Map Collection at Stanford University. It rarely appears on the private market.
F. E. Cheeseman (fl. c. 1938 - 1946) is known for the colorful set of four college football maps he produced for the Albert Richard Company between 1938 and 1946. He signed some of his maps as F. E. Cheeseman and others as E. E. Cheeseman, although it is not known why. During World War II, Cheeseman's work for Albert Richard changed and became much more patriotic. He also created military-themed work for Albert Richard during the war. Learn More...
The Albert Richard Company (c. late 1920s - c. 1955) began as a division of the Fried-Ostermann Company of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Fried-Ostermann was a glove manufacturer, and in the late 1920s, decided to diversify their production and opened a division to produce outerwear, which they called Albert Richard. Albert Richard produced leather jackets, mackinaws, overcoats, and sportswear and would soon become more profitable than the glove-making part of the company. Before World War II, Albert Richard advertising focused on health and sports, and received endorsements from college football players. During the pre-war era, Albert Richard also published a series of poster size college football maps, which bore advertisements for the company’s jackets on the verso.After the outbreak of World War II, Albert Richard began manufacturing flight jackets for the military under the name of their parent company Fried-Ostermann. Leather jackets, overcoats, and similar products were heavily advertised by Albert Richard during the war. They also gave their jackets model names like ‘Spitfire’ and ‘Meteor’. During the war Albert Richard also gave away wall-sized posters depicting various American military aircraft. Fried-Ostermann sold Albert Richard to the Drybak Corporation of Binghampton, New York in 1952. Daybook began manufacturing Albert Richard clothing in 1953 at a factory in New Jersey, with plans to move production to New York by 1954. However, in 1955, Drybak bought the Martin Mfg. Co. of Martin, Tenessee, closed their operations in Binghampton and moved to the plant in Tennessee, where labor prices were lower. Learn More...
Very good. Even overall toning. Pinholes at corners. Closed margin tears professionally repaired on verso. 1941 college football schedules and Albert Richard advertisements on verso.