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1943 Stanley Turner Pictorial Map of the United States During World War II

The United States at War.

1943 Stanley Turner Pictorial Map of the United States During World War II


Emphasizes America's rearmament and the revitalization of the economy.



The United States at War.
  1943 (dated)    20 x 26.25 in (50.8 x 66.675 cm)     1 : 7700000


This is a 1943 Stanley Francis Turner map of the United States during World War II. Depicting from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean and from Canada to Mexico, this map emphasizes the burgeoning industrial strength of the United States and its effect on the Allied war effort. Natural and human resources are illustrated in each of the forty-eight states, from iron ore, coal, wheat, and livestock, to hydroelectric power and shipbuilding. Nearly every major city along both coasts was involved in building ships for the navy, along with Manitowoc, Wisconsin on Lake Michigan. Army headquarters are labeled by flags, while army corps are illustrated and labeled using their insignia.

Captioned vignettes encircle the map, highlighting events in the war involving Americans, mostly Allied (American) victories, although not exclusively. These include the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the fall of Wake Island and Corregidor, U.S. landings in North Africa, on Guadalcanal, and at Salerno, and U.S. naval victories in the Battle of the Coral Sea and the Battle of Midway. An infographic situated in the lower left corner visually presents the American military buildup, allowing the viewer to easily recognize the extreme growth in military personnel, war bond successes, and the explosion of output of natural resources, and war materiel, such as torpedoes, ships, planes, and other ordnance produced for the Navy. A legend at bottom center, explains the various different notations used. An inset map of 'the ocean fronts' is included along the top border.

The flag of each state is illustrated and appears alongside the state's flower, the year it was admitted into the Union, its population and its area in square miles. Myriad cities, towns, and villages are labeled from coast to coast, with the state capitals meriting their own symbols. Railroads, rivers, and mountain ranges are also illustrated. Manuscript notations are present, in the form of a line from Madison, Wisconsin through Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming and Utah to Denver, Colorado. Manuscript 'X's appear in a diagonal pattern across the country from Washington state to Florida. The map is accompanied by its original sleeve.

This map was produced by Stanley Francis Turner in 1943 and published by C. C. Petersen Publishing and Advertising in 1943. Printed in up to 28 different editions until 1945, this map remains quite rare with only four examples cited by the OCLC.


Stanley Francis Turner (1883 – 1953) was a visual artist and painter based in Toronto, Canada. Turner was born in Aylesbury, England. He studied art in London at the South Kensington School before migrating to Canada in 1903, where he studied at Ontario College of Art under George Reid and J. W. Beatty. Turner is best known as a painter and designer capable of working in a variety of mediums. During World War II, Turner took a contract with the Globe and Mail to illustrate pictorial maps of war events. Turner may have maintained the rights to his war maps, as he also seems to have had a contract with the advertiser and publisher, C.C. Peterson, also of Toronto, to publish and distribute his maps in the United States. Turner's maps are information dense and designed to illustrate the events of the war in an easily digestible pictorial format. Turner experimented with different ways of working with the cartographic ranging from simple Mercator projections to more contemporary equal-area projections. In 1930, Turner was elected an Associate of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. He died in Toronto in 1953.


Very good. Wear along original fold lines. Verso repairs to fold separations. Black and white map of eastern hemisphere on verso.


OCLC 13781697.
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