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Chesapeake and Ohio Lines - Railroad Map, 1940

1941 Chesapeake and Ohio Lines

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By: Chesapeake and Ohio Lines

Date: 1941 (published) New York,, NY

Dimensions: 14 x 22.25 inches (35.5 x 56.5 cm)

A mid-century map of "Chessie Corridor," along with much of America's "Rust Belt," made to promote the available natural resources, work force, and industrial products of the area that would be transported by the Chesapeake and Ohio Lines. 

The map is pictorial in nature with symbols representing chemical production, clays, coal, natural gas, limestone, manganese, oil, timber, corn, dairy products, peanuts, tobacco, and many more. The lines ran from the Chesapeake Bay and Richmond to Louisville, Chicago, and Toledo, connecting towns like Charlottesville, Lynchburg, Charleston, Columbus, Cincinnati, and Lexington along the way. 

The text below boasts "great plants making miracles out of coal, air, and water," textile and paper mills that George Washington "couldn't believe what his own eyes would show him if he strode along his route today." It also calls upon major executives to purchase a book entitled "The Chessie Corridor... INDUSTRY'S NEXT GREAT EXPANSION AREA," as well as note the basic needs available within the corridor which includes abundant raw materials, native-born workers, and cooperative legislation among others.

Condition: This map is in B+ condition with a few minor holes along the centerfold where the map was originally bound into a magazine. There are no separations or edge tears.

Inventory #11966

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