Panama Mail S.S. Co. The Sea Coastes of America shewing the Ports of call of the Panama Mail steamships as the Country there aboutes is lying and situated, with all the havens thereof. Exactly done and corrected with great diligence.
1928 (dated) 27 x 33 in (68.58 x 83.82 cm)
1 : 4900000
An extremely scarce 1928 pictorial map by Harrison Godwin promoting the routes of the Panama Mail Steam Ship Company. In Godwin's classic style, the map humorously covers North American from New York and San Francisco south to Columbia, including all of Central America, Mexico, and Cuba. The map, in the process of detailing the Panama Mail Ship's route from New York, through the Panama Canal, to San Francisco, and the reverse trip. Along the borders the adventures of a fictional traveler are highlighted and include a two-day trip in Guatemala, watching a cockfight, meeting new friends on board the steamship, and exotic shipping in El Salvador and Havana, etc. Throughout the map there are also numerous vignettes detailing historical and current events, as well cultural annotations. Other cartoonish vignettes in the United States follow several travelers and their families as they prepare for their Spanish American adventure. Smaller inset maps detail a two day excursion in Guatemala and Charles 'Lindy' Lindbergh's 1927-28 good-will tour through Latin America. At the center of the map a large inset details the luxurious accommodations available on board the Panama Mail Steamship.
Of Godwin's three known published (San Francisco, Hollywood and North America) this is the most obscure with only four known examples, all of which, with the exception of the present offering, in institutional collections. It was printed in San Francisco on March 1 of 1928.
Harrison Godwin (1899 - 1984) was an American cartoonist and hotelier active in California during the early to middle parts of the 20th century. Harrison was a cartoonist with the Los Angeles Examiner and published two daily strips. With regard to cartographic material he published just three maps, San Francisco, Hollywood and North America, all between the years of 1927 and 1929. The San Francisco and Hollywood maps were first and second maps in a planned series of American cities, each taking some three months to complete. Curiously, no further maps in the series materialized. In addition to his cartoon work Harrison, in partnership with his brother Fred, owned Carmel's La Playa Hotel, where Harrison worked as a manager. Harrison and Fred Godwin and are credited with popularizing Carmel as a tourist destination. Little else is known of his life.
Very good. Blankn on verso.
The Huntington Library, 325580. OCLC 21609899.