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1948 McCall Pictorial Map of Chicago and the Loop

A Profile of Chicago Host City to the Nation. - Main View

1948 McCall Pictorial Map of Chicago and the Loop


Depicts Wrigley Field and Soldier Field in profile.


A Profile of Chicago Host City to the Nation.
  1948 (dated)     17 x 30.35 in (43.18 x 77.089 cm)


Created in the euphoria just after World War II, this 1948 Robert McCall pictorial map of Chicago captures the era's gaiety. A promotional piece meant to draw vacationers to the city, muted colors evoke warmth and comfort. Chicago's institutions, including the University of Chicago, the Museum of Science and Technology, the Shedd Aquarium, and the Newberry Library are all prominently illustrated. Wrigley Field, Soldier Field, Comiskey Park, and Navy Pier also take pride of place. The detailed inset of the business district, The Loop, emphasizes the newfound prosperity of the post-war years and Chicago's economic importance. An additional sixty-three locations are numerically identified between the two maps and correspond with an index situated along the bottom border. An even larger index catalogs hotels, department stores, theaters, skyscrapers, and other places of interest to potential visitors.
Publication History and Census
This map was created by Robert McCall and published by the Chicago Convention Bureau in 1948. An example is part of the David Rumsey Map Collection. Four examples are catalogued in the OCLC and are part of the institutional collections at the Newberry Library, the University of Chicago, DePaul University, and the University of Toronto.


Robert Theodore McCall (December 23, 1919 - February 26, 2010) was an American artist, renowned for his conceptual works of space art. Born in Columbus, Ohio, McCall was fascinated by airplanes and the Moon as a child. He attended an art school in Columbus and served in the Army Air Forces as a bombardier instructor during World War II. After the war, McCall found work in Chicago and New York, creating illustrations for magazine articles and advertisements. McCall then went to Florida to paint a commission for the U.S. Air Force in 1957. His work for Life magazine drew the attention of NASA, who hired him and two other artists to help promote the space program in 1962. This job launched his career. His body of work numbers in the hundreds and includes a six-story tall mural at the National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. McCall married Louise Harrap in 1946, with whom he had two daughters. More by this mapmaker...


Very good. Exhibits light wear along original fold lines. Text and printed photographs on verso.


Rumsey 11765.003. OCLC 180778039