1926 Poole View of the Gulf Coast from New Orleans to Florida

Untitled / [Gulf Coast]. - Main View

1926 Poole View of the Gulf Coast from New Orleans to Florida


One of the South's great rail networks.


Untitled / [Gulf Coast].
  1926 (dated)     7.25 x 31 in (18.415 x 78.74 cm)


A vibrantly colored 1926 Poole Brothers bird's-eye view of the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico, from New Orleans to Apalachicola. The view promotes the Louisville and Nashville Railroad. It appeared in the booklet New Orleans: the city of progress, beauty, charm, and romance, distributed by the railroad.
A Closer Look
The view takes in Gulf Coast cities and towns, including New Orleans, Mobile, Pensacola, Panama City, and Apalachicola, highlighting the railroad lines of the Louisville and Nashville (LN), along with connecting lines run by other companies and some motor routes. Major rivers are indicated inland while lighthouses and islands are denoted on water.

As evidenced here, the Louisville and Nashville had grown to extend far beyond its namesake cities and owned one of the most extensive networks in the South. At the time this map was published, the railroad's Pan-American service from Cincinnati to New Orleans was one of its most popular, making the trip in 24 hours. As with passenger rail more widely, the LN saw decreased ridership and financial difficulties in the mid-20th century, with its troubles even becoming the subject of a song by Jean Ritchie, which was later recorded by Johnny Cash.
Publication History and Census
This view was produced by the Chicago firm Poole Brothers, in 1926 for the booklet New Orleans: the city of progress, beauty, charm, and romance, issued by the Louisville and Nashville Railroad. The present edition of the booklet was published in 1932. The map is independently cataloged by the Historic New Orleans Collection, while the entire booklet (cataloged with varying dates) is held by ten institutions in the United States.


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. More by this mapmaker...


Louisville and Nashville Railroad Company, New Orleans the city of progress, beauty, charm, and romance, 1932.    


Very good. Some wear along fold lines. Folds into the accompanying booklet.


OCLC 832464259, 658218076, 9739934.