Date:1930s (circa) Buffalo, NY
Dimensions: 17.75 x 23.25 inches
This brightly coloured, fun pictorial map featuring the African continent is based on the themes of Bobby Benson and the B-Bar-B Riders, an old-time radio juvenile western adventure program in the United States, one of the first juvenile radio programs. It was broadcast on CBS from October of 1932 through December of 1936, and on Mutual from June 1949 through June1955.
The map is covered with bright cheerful illustrations of indigenous African peoples, their villages, a witch doctor, flora and fauna of Africa abound, with jungle animals and those of the desert, African plant life in myriad forms. Mountains and valleys fill a portion of the map, including a mountain range in which is depicted a valley full of glittering diamonds. A brightly coloured inset map of the African continent plus Spain and a portion of the Levant in brightly red is in the lower right quadrant, with a yellow coloured circle in the center marked ‘Belgian Congo’, and a note in the inset stating that ‘the area shown in the detailed map lies within the yellow circle.’ Encircled by the title cartouche is a Bobby Benson portrait.
The border is a playful rendering of monkeys connected hand to hand and tail to tail which encompasses the entire map. This marvelous decorative pictorial map would be a cheerful conversation piece.
Condition: This folding map is in B condition. Most separations at folds have been repaired with archival material on the verso.