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1916 Babson Map of United States Industry and Production

Babson's Map of North America for Merchants and Bankers. - Main View

1916 Babson Map of United States Industry and Production


Mapping American credit in 1916.


Babson's Map of North America for Merchants and Bankers.
  1916 (dated)     13 x 20.75 in (33.02 x 52.705 cm)     1 : 1750000


This rarity is Babson's Statistical Organization map of the United States highlighting American industries and their market outlook in 1916. The map was most likely prepared with banks and other lending institutions in mind. Red overprinting identifies twelve different industries corresponding to text surrounding the map. These numbers are then printed all over the U.S., in circles (signaling a decline compared to last year) and squares (signaling an improvement over last year), with lines associating industries with geographical zones. Much of the focus is on agricultural markets, including cotton, oats, spring wheat, and corn. Manufacturing, the chemical industry, shipbuilding, mining, and smelting are also discussed. The colors used also relate to the map's economic message. Yellow areas indicate areas of better economic conditions, while green areas illustrate areas that may only be considered fair. Blue areas signify areas that are in 'poorer condition' relative to other parts of a given country, and, so says the map, 'CREDIT MEN should especially watch collections there'.
Publication History and Census
This map was created by Babson's Statistical Organization and published in connection with Babson's Reports on Fundamental Conditions in August 1916. Only one example is catalogued in the OCLC and it is part of the collection at the Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington, Delaware.


Roger Ward Babson (July 6, 1875 - March 5, 1967) was an American economist, business theorist, and entrepreneur. Born in Gloucester, Massachusetts, Babson attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he studied engineering. During is time at MIT, he lobbied the dean to include a business course in the Engineering program, which was finally granted and called 'Business Engineering'. The 'business engineering' program was eventually expanded, and many view this as the genesis of the modern MBA program. Babson worked at several investment firms before founding his own company, Babson's Statistical Organization, in 1904, which still operates today as the privately-held Babson-United, Inc.. Babson was a prolific author and wrote more than forty books over the course of his career, with the most popular being Business Barometers and Business Barometers for Profit, Security, Income. He also authored hundreds of newspaper columns and magazine articles. Babson is also remembered as the founder of Babson College, Webber College (modern-day Webber International University), and the now-defunct Untopia College in Eureka, Kansas. He also ran for President of the United States as the Prohibition Party's candidate in the 1940 election. He lost to President Roosevelt, and also finished behind Wendell Willkie, the Republican candidate, and Norman Mattooon Thomas, the candidate of the Socialist Party of America. Babson married Grace Margaret Knight on March 29, 1900. She died in 1956. He remarried to Nona M. Dougherty in 1957, who also died before him, in 1963. More by this mapmaker...


Very good. Exhibits light wear along original fold lines. Minor fill repair in northern Colorado.


OCLC 123469451.