Coronation Arrangements Wednesday May 12 1937.
1937 (dated) 17.5 x 23.25 in (44.45 x 59.055 cm)
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This is a 1937 city map or plan of London illustrating how well wishers and other attendees could best attend the Coronation of King George VI of Great Britain. The map depicts London from the now closed Uxbridge Road Underground Station (it was on the Metropolitan Line) to Tower Bridge and from Regents Park to the Borough of Lambeth and the Oval Underground station, which is on the Northern Line. Through the presentation of clear, concise information, directions concerning how to reach the Royal Route are presented. Each colored section represents a part of the Royal Route and correspond to the colors that would be used by buses, trams, and Green Line coaches to easily display for passengers their destination. The part of London each color encompasses is explained in explicit detail on verso, allowing potential attendees to decide where they would like to watch the procession and how best to arrive at their proposed destination. Only pre-arranged private traffic would be allowed into the Coronation Area (the white area on the map) and no superfluous deliveries, etc., would be allowed in. Bus, tram, and Green Line coach routes are labeled in different colors and different symbols are used for Underground stations, so riders can are informed which stations will be open, restricted, or closed for the day. A more detailed Underground map is printed on verso, along with detailed directions of how to get to the Royal Route.
This map was published by Geographia and freely distributed in advance of the Coronation of King George VI on May 12, 1937.
Geographia, Ltd. (fl. c 1910 - 1985) was a London based cartographic publishing firm. The company was founded by Alexander Gross (1879-1958), a Hungarian immigrant to the United Kingdom. Geographia is best known for its folding pocket maps and globes. Later in the early 20th century, Geographia expanded with offices in New York at 11 John Street and issued a large corpus of U.S. focused maps and city plans. By the 1940s, the branch in the United States had been renamed the Geographia Map Company and experienced rapid growth. By the 1950s Geographia had published maps of dozens of cities across the United States. In the later part of the 1980s the firm was bought out by Harper Collins and continues to produce maps under the Collins Bartholomew imprint. Rand McNally also bought the Geographia Map Company in the late 1980s, but its original owners repurchased the Geographia Map Company a few years later and still operate the company in Hackensack, New Jersey.
Very good. Even overall toning. Light wear along original fold lines. Text on verso.