This is a previously unrecorded 1924 Lester Book and Stationery Company city map or plan of Atlanta, Georgia. The map depicts the city from Westview Cemetery to Druid Hills and from Ansley Park to Forrest Park and Fort McPherson. Meant as a driving aid for people trying to make their way around Atlanta, most streets in the city are illustrated and labeled. Train stations, universities, parks, and cemeteries are identified as are numerous neighborhoods around the city. Concentric circles radiate out from the city center, marking every location's distance from the center of town. An alphabetical street index, situated along the bottom of the map, provides the grid location of every street in Atlanta. Published during the 'Roaring Twenties', the Lester Book and Stationery Company must have been trying to benefit from the economic prosperity of the decade and the proliferation of automobiles in the United States. Over the course of the 1920s, 26 million cars were sold in the United States. As paved roads became more and more common, driving became easier and easier, more people bought cars, and prices fell.
Publication History and CensusThis map was created by the Lester Book and Stationery Company and published in 1924. The OCLC records no examples of the 1924 edition in any institutional collections or on the private market. Two examples of the 1921 edition are recorded in the OCLC as being part of the Ohio State University Library in Columbus, Ohio, and at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. Another example of the 1921 edition is part of the collection at the Atlanta History Center.
Orman L. Jernigan (1872 - March 23, 1951) was an American book and stationery dealer. Jernigan lived his entire life in Atlanta, Georgia and was one of the founders, along with John M. Aldredge, of the Lester Book and Stationery Company, located at at 70 North Broad Street. The company was one of the largest book and stationery dealers in the American South. Their showroom at 70 North Broad Street featured an attractive showroom that highlighted all their products. A large table separated the room into two aisles and offered their newest products. Jernigan also purchased the Cole Book and Art Company during his lifetime. He spent fifty years as a bookseller. He married Myrta Vann (1878 - 1965) on May 19, 1897, with whom he had two sons. Learn More...
Very good. Some infill at fold intersections. Blank on verso.
Atlanta History Center VIS 290.001.010.008. OCLC 859338637.