This is a 1966 Rand McNally and Gulf Oil city plan or map of Miami and Miami Beach, Florida. Vignettes featuring comic characters at work and at play populate the map. Some are on horseback, others play football, fish, sunbath, walk along the beach, and golf. A comically stressed airplane appears on the verso landing at Miami International. Unfortunately, it is unclear exactly why the jet is sweating. Could it be because it's working so hard? or maybe it's just too hot?
A Detailed Look at the MapStreets are illustrated throughout, with neighborhoods, such as Coral Gables, Olympia Heights, Hialeah, and Miami Springs, labeled. An inset on the verso along the bottom border details from South Miami to Homestead. A key, situated in the lower right on the verso, explains the symbols used throughout. An index on the recto along the right border lists hospitals, colleges and universities, yacht clubs, streets, and numerous other points of interest.
Publication History and CensusThis map was created by Rand McNally in 1966 and published and distributed by the Gulf Tourguide Bureau. It is well represented in institutional collections.
Rand, McNally and Co. (fl. 1856 - present) is an American publisher of maps, atlases and globes. The company was founded in 1856 when William H. Rand, a native of Quincy, Massachusetts, opened a print shop in Chicago. Rand hired the recent Irish immigrant Andrew McNally to assist in the shop giving him a wage of 9 USD per week. The duo landed several important contracts, including the Tribune's (later renamed the Chicago Tribune) printing operation. In 1872, Rand McNally produced its first map, a railroad guide, using a new cost effective printing technique known as wax process engraving. As Chicago developed as a railway hub, the Rand firm, now incorporated as Rand McNally, began producing a wide array of railroad maps and guides. Over time, the firm expanded into atlases, globes, educational material, and general literature. By embracing the wax engraving process, Rand McNally was able to dominate the map and atlas market, pushing more traditional American lithographic publishers like Colton, Johnson, and Mitchell out of business. Eventually Rand McNally opened an annex office in New York City headed by Caleb S. Hammond, whose name is today synonymous with maps and atlases, and who later started his own map company, C. S. Hammond & Co. Both firms remain in business. Learn More...
Good. Exhibits wear along original fold lines. Slight loss evident at fold intersections. Map of southern Miami on verso.