Rand McNally Standard Map of Washington D.C.
1925 (dated) 20 x 26 in (50.8 x 66.04 cm)
1 : 15000
This is a beautiful 1925 map or plan of Washington D.C. by Rand McNally and Company. It covers Washington D.C. from the Potomac River to the Anacostia River and north to the Soldiers Home Ground. The map is exceptionally detailed, noting important buildings, streets, monuments, streets car lines, parks, steams railroads and an assortment of other topographical features.
The city is divided in four sections marked N.W., S.W., S.E., and N.E. from the Capitol Building. Verso of the map includes a street index. The map was published by Rand McNally and Company in 1925.
Rand McNally (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 new cost effective printing technique known as wax process engraving. As the Chicago developed as a railway hub the Rand firm, now incorporated as Rand McNally, began producing a wide array of maps and guides. Over time the firm expanded into atlases, globes, education books, and general literature. By embracing the cost effective 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.
Very good. Minor wear along original fold lines.