1939 Universal Map Co. Chalkboard Map of Asia and Europe

Tri-Color Series. Eurasia. - Main View

1939 Universal Map Co. Chalkboard Map of Asia and Europe


A WWII Era map you can, and should, write on.


Tri-Color Series. Eurasia.
  1939 (undated)     47 x 57 in (119.38 x 144.78 cm)     1 : 10944000


This is a c. 1939 chalkboard map of Asia and Europe. It is a didactic tool designed for schoolroom use - students and teachers could write on the map with chalk then easily wipe it clean.
A Closer Look
Coverage embraces all of Europe and Asia, from Portugal to the Aleutian Islands and from the Arctic to Java and Northern Australia. Other than the title, there is no text on the map. The whole is colored in dark tones and coated to create a chalkboard like surface which could be written on and easily erased. The piece was made for schoolroom use and we see it, and similar maps, advertised in catalogs promoting educational visual aids.
Publication History and Census
The map is part of the Universal Map Company's 'Tri-Color' series, which also included wall maps of Europe, North America, South America, Africa, and (presumably) the world. Although undated, the geography of Europe suggests that this map was issued after the 1939 Anschluss, but before the outbreak of World War II (1939 - 1945) and the invasion of Poland. The map is rare and we see no other cataloged examples or sales history.


Universal Map Company (fl. c. 1915 - 1965) was a map publisher based in New York in the first half of the 20th century. The firm was operational from at least 1915 to about 1965. The firm specialized in educational materials, including chalkboard maps (Tri-color series) and geographical games. More by this mapmaker...


Good. Some cracking along the bottom border. Size does not include rollers or mounting hardware, which add 3-4 inches to all sides.