This is a 1926 Poole Brothers Map of the United States Gulf Coast highlighting the Louisville and Nashville Railroad. Depicting the region from New Orleans, Louisiana to River Junction, Florida, and from Flomaton, Alabama, to the Gulf of Mexico, thick red lines trace the Louisville and Nashville Railroad. Stations along the route are labeled and marked by white dots. Some cities and towns not along the railroad's lines are labeled as well, particularly along the Florida coast from Pensacola to Apalachicola. Lake Pontchartrain, Mobile Bay, and Pensacola Bay are illustrated as well. Numerous small islands along the coast appear as well, and a handful of highways are indicated.
Publication History and CensusThis map was created and published by Poole Brothers in 1926. It is uncatalogued in OCLC, and we are aware of no other examples.
Poole Brothers (fl. c. 1880 - 1968) were a Chicago based firm active in the late 19th and early 20th century with an initial focus on promotional railroad maps. Poole Brothers was founded by George Amos Poole, one of the original four partners in the firm that would become Rand McNally, and his brother William H. Poole. Poole started his own firm, Poole Brothers, as a direct competitor to Rand McNally for the lucrative railroad business. Like many of its competitors, Poole Brothers maintained an office on Chicago's Printer's Row (downtown Loop district). Nevertheless, the two firms, along with Cram and Company, seem to have come to an accord, at least with regard to price-fixing, for which they were cited by the Federal Trade Commission in 1948. Their earliest known work is an 1880 map of Yellowstone National Park. Afterward they went on to produce a vast range of maps and other print products including tickets, cards, coupons, and restaurant menus. In time Poole Brothers merged with Newman-Randolph, which was then acquired by the American Can Company in the early 1960s. The American Can Company liquidated its printing concerns later in the same decade.
Very good. Minor wear along original fold lines. Promotional text on verso.