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1938 Elms Map of the United States

Map No. 1. - Main View

1938 Elms Map of the United States


Highlights the American transportation system in the years leading up to World War II.


Map No. 1.
  1938 (dated)     17.5 x 27.5 in (44.45 x 69.85 cm)     1 : 7400000


This is a 1938 Francis Raymond Elms map of the United States which depicts the continental United States from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean and from Canada to Mexico. Created during the tense years preceding the outbreak of World War II, the nation's transportation network is the focus of this piece. Railroad centers, airports, and shipping centers are identified throughout the country, although the railroad network is not illustrated. Every state is illustrated and labeled, and every state capital is marked by a star. Major cities in each state are identified, labeled, and marked using silhouettes of a city skyline. Some of the identified cities do not function as any of the previously listed transportation hubs, such as Texarkana, Arkansas, and Sioux Falls, South Dakota, so it is unclear why Elms chose to include these cities over others.

This map was created by Francis Raymond Elms and published by the Beckley-Cardy Company as part of a series of four maps of the United States.


Francis Raymond Elms (1906 - ) was an American artist and writer. Elms published several sets of maps, including a set of the United States, and others of Canada, Africa, and the South Pacific. He was also a prolific author, who published several books from the 1940s through the 1960s. More by this mapmaker...

The Beckley-Cardy Company (c. 1900 - 1998) was a school supply publishing company based in Chicago. The company published catalogs of their materials, which included maps, posters, readers, and children's books. Beckley-Cardy was acquired by the rival firm School Specialty Inc. in 1998 for $76 million. Learn More...


Very good. Even overall toning. Light wear along original fold lines. Creasing in top right quadrant. Blank on verso.