Lindgren Brothers (fl. c. 1932 – c. 1955) was a Spokane, Washington, based printer known for issuing humorous souvenir auto decals and posters. The firm was founded by Jolly Elmer Lindgren (1895 - September 1952) and his brother Oscar S. Lindgren. Jolly was in charge of the art department. The company began as printers and sign makers, but as the Depression deepened, Jolly began producing ‘hysterical maps’. He declared at the time, ‘What this country needs now is something to put a smile on people’s faces.’ The maps are graphically interesting and intended, as the titles suggest, to amuse. The brothers focused on producing maps of popular tourist attractions, and the great national parks of the West were an obvious choice. They produced maps of Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, Glacier, Zion, Bryce Canyon and others through the early 1940s. Following a hiatus during World War II, the company began producing car decals, some of which were simplified versions of the ‘hysterical maps’. The company sold more than ten million decals in a good year. In 1949, the company was renamed the Lindgren Turner Company. Jolly died unexpectedly at 57 while on vacation to Boise Idaho. The firm continued under his brother, Oscar, but the 'Hysterical Maps' were no more.

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