1930 Wallingford Map: A Bostonian's View of the United States

BostoniansView2-wallingford-1975
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This Map Presents A Bostonian's Idea of the United States of America.
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1930 Wallingford Map: A Bostonian's View of the United States

BostoniansView2-wallingford-1975

Iconic humorous map satirizing the stereotypical insular Bostonian.

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Title


This Map Presents A Bostonian's Idea of the United States of America.
  1975 (undated)    7.5 x 10 in (19.05 x 25.4 cm)

Description


This is a reduced edition of Wallingford’s 1936 humorous aggregate cognitive map 'Bostonian's View of the United States of America.' The map pokes fun at the stereotypical provincially minded Bostonian, who knows and cares little about the world outside of the narrow confines of New England in general and Boston in specific. Cape Cod and Boston are grossly oversized while other parts of the country are greatly reduced. Much of the country west of Connecticut is deeply disproportionate with the exception of popular vacation spots like Las Vegas, Hawaii, and even Tahiti. Amusing notes annotate the map:
The West: Western cities are reputed to be modern and progressive.
The Pacific Coast seaports have advanced rapidly, especially since the opening of the panama Canal.. Wallingford originally issued this map c. 1935 following his move from Chicago to Boston. The present example is a later reissue.

Cartographer


Daniel K. Wallingford (fl. c. 1932 – January 11, 1964) was an American industrial designer and artist. Wallingford attended Cornell University where studied Architecture and Industrial Design and was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He served as a captain in World War I and as Lieutenant Colonel of Artillery in World War II. He is known for two important maps, New Yorker's View of the United States of America and The Bostonian's View of the United States of America. Both maps were revolutionary in the evolution of the American pictorial map for their satirical depiction of New York and Boston, respectively. The New Yorker's View, Wallingford's first map, was initially issued in 1932 in just 100 prints, which Wallingford distributed as Christmas gifts. The map proved so popular he ordered a second printing began to distribute it via mail order. Later, in March of 1976, a modified version appeared as a New Yorker cover. Shortly after moving to Boston in 1936, he issued his second map, the The Bostonian's View, also sold via mail order. A third less famous map, A Bookman's Idea of the United States was later published. Wallingford was most likely inspired by John T. McCutcheon's 1922 New Yorker's View of the World and intern inspired a number of subsequent artists including John Roman (Cowboy America) and Ernest Dudley Chase (The United States as Viewed by California). Despite the near iconic popularity of his two famous maps, little is known of Wallingford's personal life. Wallingford died in 1964 and was survived by his wife, Margaret.

Condition


Very good. Minor overall toning and foxing.