1948 Friendship Press Pictorial Map of the World - Proof State!

Picture Map of the World. - Main View

1948 Friendship Press Pictorial Map of the World - Proof State!


Promotes the ideas of universal rights.


Picture Map of the World.
  1948 (dated)     37.25 x 48 in (94.615 x 121.92 cm)     1 : 33000000


This is a 1948 Janet Smalley and Jeanne McLavy pictorial map of the world. Icons placed across the world highlight historic landmarks, such as the Lincoln Memorial, Cristo Redentor in Rio de Janeiro, the Sphinx at Giza, the Acropolis in Athens, St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow, and the Taj Mahal in Agra, India. Other icons illustrate trains, planes, and buses, moving the world's people from one place to another. Churches appear throughout the world as well, although many are not identifiable. Penguins appear along the bottom border. Five blank boxes are scattered around the map, likely meant to highlight cultural events worldwide, since one box contains an illustration of the Boy's Festival in Japan.
The Borders
Content in the top and bottom border differs from that along the sides. Aspects of human culture appear on the left. Smalley and McLavy chose to highlight architecture (Notre Dame in Paris), sculpture (The Winged Victory of Samothrace), drama (embodied by the traditional masks of comedy and tragedy), science (a microscope), painting, chemistry, and music. On the right, industries are promoted, including farming, manufacturing, education, medicine, and mining. Four circular vignettes occupy the corners and illustrate four 'rights': the 'Right to a Good Home, the 'Right to Good Health,' the 'Right to Good Food,' and the 'Right to a Good School.' The majority of the top and bottom borders remain blank, indicating that this is a proof state. Some of the vignettes illustrate other rights, such as the 'Right to Read the Bible' and the 'Right to Vote Freely.' A view of a meeting of the World Council of Churches occupies the top center, and a view of the signing of the Charter of the United Nations appears at the bottom center.
Publication History and Census
This map was drawn by Janet Smalley and Jeanne McLavy and published by Friendship Press in 1948. This map is not cataloged in OCLC, and we are aware of only one other example.


Janet Livingston Smalley (May 16, 1893 - February 16, 1964) was an American artist and illustrator. Born Janet Livingston Shontz in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Smally made a career out of illustrating children's books. At some point in the 1940s she began working for the Friendship Press in New York City and illustrated at least one of their wall maps, the Picture Map of the World. Smalley married her husband Alfred Porch Smalley in 1917. More by this mapmaker...

Jeanne Huey McLavy (October 4, 1922 - October 5, 1980) was an American artist and illustrator. Born in the Panama Canal Zone, McLavy was an accomplished artist by her early twenties and one of her paintings is part of the collection at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. She worked as an illustrator of children's books for a number of years, many of which were published by Friendship Press. She also illustrated at least one of Friendship Press's pictorial wall maps. She married her husband John Wilson Clark in 1952, and changed her name to Jeanne McLavy Clark. Learn More...

Gilbert Quinn LeSourd (February 1, 1887 - June 22, 1962) was an American missionary, educator, reverend, and publisher active in New York and New Jersey in the early 20th century. LeSourd was born in Seattle, Washington. He received his early education at the College of Puget Sound, followed by and a bachelor of divinity from Drew Theological Seminary, an da doctorate of philosophy from New York University. LeSourd was the owner of Friendship Press, a printing house focused on missionary texts, maps, and other educational materials. He was also the Associate Secretary of the Missionary Education Movement. LeSourd died in Schenectady, New York. Learn More...


Very good. Exhibits wear along original fold lines. Areas of infill at some fold intersections.