By: M. Smith
Date: 1954 (published) Cincinnati, Ohio
Dimension: 13 x 18.4 inches (33 x 46.75 cm)
This is rare and whimsical pictorial map dedicated to the history of country music, culture, and the American Frontier with numerous references to Native American history.
This delightful map comes with little background information, no title, and an author whom declines to give his or her first name. It was published out of Cincinnati, Ohio by Artist Publications Inc. with Thurston Moore as the editor. A simple search turn up nothing with regards to the editor or publishing company except for the only other example we could find of this map, which is currently held at the David Rumsey Map Collection Stanford University.
The map itself is loaded with the names in the location of the birthplace of many country music artists, American authors, historical figures, and cultural icons, such as Redd Stuart, Smokey Rogers, "Tex" Williams, Mark Twain, Jesse James, and John Wayne, to name a few. Other places noted in the map include the Grand Ole Opry, Geronimo's Camp in southern Arizona, the location of the first rodeo in 1882, Custer's Last Stand, and several Native American reservations. State lines are delineated, capitols are marked, and major cities such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami and New York are noted with hatch marks. Several humorous vignettes can be found throughout the map and a delightful compass rose made of guitars adorns the lower right corner.
This is a most unique map, with a lot to discover once one takes the time to dive in and do some research. A must have for any fan of "old-timey" country music, American folklore, and history.
Condition: This map is in A condition, issued folded into quarters, now flattened with no tears, holes, or markings.
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