1935 George Philip Map of World Air Routes Before World War II

Chart of the World's Air Routes. - Main View

1935 George Philip Map of World Air Routes Before World War II


Worldwide air routes during the Great Depression.


Chart of the World's Air Routes.
  1935 (undated)     20.25 x 28.5 in (51.435 x 72.39 cm)     1 : 68000000


This is a c. 1935 George Philip and Son map of the world's air routes before World War II. Philips, a British publishing house, uses color to emphasize British routes and other assets worldwide. British air routes, both in operation and projected, are traced with red lines. Blue lines mark operational and projected air routes operated worldwide by any other nations. Even the colors used to fill in the countries of the world emphasize British power. Pink highlights states within the British Empire, while the rest of the world's landmasses are shaded yellow. Dark green shipping lanes crisscross and curve their way through the world's oceans. The width of each shipping lane correlates to its significance, with the most used lanes connecting the North America with Britain, and Britain with India. Two inset maps along the bottom border detail European air routes and routes in Canada and the United States. A text inset, situated in the lower right, includes drawings of some international military aviation insignia, along with information concerning the identification of civilian aircraft, and a key explaining the various notations and colors used. It also demonstrates that two different scales are used at the Equator and the 45th Parallels.
Publication History and Census
This map was created and published by George Philip and Son c. 1935. Our research suggests that it was published in Philips' Centenary Mercantile Marine Atlas because of a detailed OCLC reference.


George Philip (1800 - 1882) was a map publisher and cartographer active in the in the mid to late-19th century. Philip was born into a Calvinst family in Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Around 1819 he apprenticed himself to William Grapel, a Liverpool printer and bookseller. Fifteen years later, in 1834, Philip founded his own Liverpool book and map firm. Philip's earliest cartographic ventures were mostly educational material issued in tandem with John Bartholomew Sr., August Petermann and William Hughes. In 1848 Philip admitted his son, George Philip Jr. (1823 - 1902) into the firm, redubbing it George Philip & Son Ltd. George Philip Jr. ran the firm until his death in 1902 by which time it had developed into a major publishing concern. His successors established the London Geographical Institute, a factory where they embraced modern printing techniques to produce thousands of economical and high quality maps. In April of 1988 George Philip & Son was acquired by Octopus Publishing, a branch of Reed International. Nonetheless, today the firm still trades and publishes as George Philip & Son. Learn More...


Very good. Light wear and toning along original centerfold. Verso repair to upper right corner.


OCLC 10158858.