New Yorker's Idea of United States 1937 novelty cartoon pictorial mapBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
A New Yorker's Idea of the United States of America.
(Old Maps, Early 20th Century Maps, United States, Novelty Maps, New York, Empire State Building, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Florida, Texas, Great Lakes, San Francisco, Hollywood).
Issued 1937, NY for the New York Book Fair. Map by Daniel K. Wallingford, 222 Marlboro St., Boston (2nd state of three).
Delightful and funny pre-WWII era lithographed novelty cartoon map. Blank on reverse.
In Good condition, old fold lines, couple small stains, some closed edge splits (archival tape), map presents visually very well.
All of the states are distorted and a number of states and cities are mis-located, as they clearly are not important enough for a New Yorker to know exactly where they are. The state of Pennsylvania is called Philadelphia, with Pennsylvania noted as a city in the northwest of the state. New Orleans is shown in Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi are inverted, and Minneapolis and Indianapolis are noted as "Twin Cities" within Michigan. The text at top left states that the city of New York is "a nation within a nation" with 7 million inhabitants. Several decorative vignettes fill the borders of the map with images of a cityscape, the Empire State Building, and a Fifth Avenue Coach bus to the east, while a stagecoach and donkey cross the desert to the west.*
Sheet Measures c. 6 1/2" H x 8 3/4" W.
Printed Area Measures c. 5 3/4" H x 8" W.
Tooley's Dictionary of Mapmakers, vol. 4.
Hornsby (Picturing America) pp. 58-59 & plate 9
* Old World Auctions description.