1953 Rand McNally Road Map of Florida

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1953 Rand McNally Road Map of Florida


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  1953 (undated)     28.75 x 17.5 in (73.025 x 44.45 cm)     1 : 1000000


This is a c. 1953 Rand McNally road map distributed by Sinclair Oil. State and interstate highways are noted with urban areas are shaded yellow. The Everglades National Park stands out in pink. Insets in the lower left corner focus on the Florida Panhandle and Cuba.
Verso Content
A highway map of the United States occupies the verso. National Parks and Monuments are indexed along the right. A chart providing distances between major American cities is situated in the lower left corner. Inset maps of Jacksonville, Orlando, Pensacola, Tallahassee, Palm Beach and West Palm Beach, Tampa and St. Petersburg, and Miami and Miami Beach are included.
Publication History
This map was created and published by Rand McNally and distributed by Sinclair Oil.


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. More by this mapmaker...


Good. Wear along original fold lines. Slight loss at fold intersections. Map of United States on verso.