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1933 Scarborough Motor Guide Co. Green Book Map of the Eastern United States

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1933 Scarborough Motor Guide Co. Green Book Map of the Eastern United States


The popular Automobile Green Book Map!


Automobile Green Book. The All-in-One Guide.
  1933 (dated)     19 x 24 in (48.26 x 60.96 cm)     1 : 2500000


This is a 1933 Scarborough Motor Guide Company road map of the eastern United States published in their celebrated Automobile Green Book. Printed on both sides of the same sheet, the map depicts the United States east of the Mississippi River to Lake Champlain and from southern Lake Superior to New Orleans and along the Gulf Coast to Key Largo. A key printed on the side depicting the southeastern U.S., explains that four different notations are used to differentiate between four different types of roads. The principal trunk lines are marked by thick black lines, while fully improved roads are indicated by thin solid black lines. Dashed black and white lines highlight roads that have only been partially improved, while this while tines mark important connecting roads, which, one imagines, have not been improved at all. Federal and state highway numbers are indicated as well. An inset map situated in the lower right corner of the side detailing the northeastern U.S. focuses on the area surrounding New York City that includes a tip for motorists that are trying to avoid New York City traffic as much as possible. Insets included on the southeastern U.S. side highlight the Florida panhandle between Pensacola and Tallahassee and the whole of peninsular Florida. A third, smaller map, situated in the lower left corner outside the principal map's border, focuses on trunk lines between Montreal and Miami and Eau Claire, Wisconsin and Burlington, Vermont.
Publication History
This map was created and published by the Scarborough Motor Guide Company in the 1933 edition of their 'Automobile Green Book'.


The Scarborough Motor Guide Company (c. 1913 - c. 1933) was an American publishing firm that issued maps and road guides for motorists. The firm is the direct descendent of the Scarborough Company, founded in 1885 by the brothers Walter C. Scarborough (1862 - May 9, 1904) and Howard G. Scarborough (1867 - June 10, 1905). Around 1913, it was reorganized as the Scarborough Motor Guide Company. By 1915, the company had gained relative renown throughout the country and was known for its state-specific guides. By 1917 the Automobile Association of America, A.A.A., granted Scarborough there right to use of its iconic emblem. Scarborough began publishing its famous annual Automobile Green Book by 1920. This first edition covered Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin and also included an insert of the Dixie Highway that extended from Sault St. Marie, Michigan to Miami, Florida. Also, Scarborough expanded in 1920, opening a branch office in Boston. Scarborough, taking advantage of its prestige in the industry, began leading organized auto tours of the south, of as many as fifty cars, from Indianapolis to Miami that were led by the company's president, M. Rocamora as early as 1916. Tours from Boston began in 1920. More by this mapmaker...

Marcel M. Rocamora (January 28, 1874 - August 26, 1950) was a Canadian guidebook publisher. Rocamora was born in Toronto, Canada, and emigrated to the United States in 1901. He served as president of the Scarborough Motor Guide Company for a number of years and personally led several auto tours organized by the company. He married his wife Edith on December 12, 1903, and the two of them lived in Indianaoplis and Boston and had a summer home in Miami. Learn More...


Very good. Light wear and toning along original fold lines. Double-sided - image thus depicts the recto (front) and verso (back) of a single sheet.