This is a 1944 Elmer Jacobs pictorial map of the United States. Beautifully illustrated vignettes populate the continental U.S. from coast to coast and highlight aspects of American history, everyday life, and the country's natural beauty. Among these are illustrations of the Grand Canyon in Arizona, Mesa Verde in Colorado, and Crater Lake in Oregon. Historical references include illustrations of the Oregon Trail in Nebraska and Oregon, the Alamo in Texas, and the U.S. Capital in Washington, D.C.
Publication History and CensusThis map was created by Elmer Jacobs and published by Rand McNally as a folding map in a pouch at the end of a book / atlas entitled This is My Country. A single example of the separate map is cataloged in OCLC as part of the collection at the University of Michigan. The book is cataloged in OCLC at eight institutional collections.
Elmer Jacobs (May 9, 1900 - 19xx) was an American painter and draftsman. Born in Streator, Illinois, Jacobs was a largely self-taught artist. Jacobs worked for himself as a free-lance artist and his most well known clients included Rand McNally and Company, the Chicago Tribune, John Morrell and Company, and R.R. Donnelly and Sons. He illustrated the award winning Phoenix Flame from 1940 until 1952. The Phoenix Flame had been an in-house publication for the Phoenix Metal Cap Company until it was turned into a promotional magazine. He also created work for the Encyclopaedia Britannica, the American Bible Society, and Caterpillar Tractor. He produced beautiful covers for the Chicago Sunday Tribune Magazine of Books. Learn More...
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. Learn More...
Rand McNally, This is My Country, (St. Paul: Brown and Bigelow) 1944.
Very good. Exhibits light wear along original fold lines. Accompanied by book. Book exhibits loose binding. 'Bound in exclusive Mission Leather'.