1948 "Official Texas Brags Map of North America" Decorative Map by Mark Storm

This is a uniquely Texas-centered, tongue-in-cheek map of the United States, published in 1948. The map reflects a massive Texas, prominently occupying the center and south of the United States, with all other states squeezed to the northeast and northwest. In fact, the Northeastern states are humorously shown as "unannexed territory" and the western states as "ceded territory."

The map is populated with decorative accents and colorful, humorous pictographs. They include a tornado, called "interpanhandle wheat harvester", the “orneriest rattlesnakes", and a rodeo cowboy described as “the man that couldn't be throw'd and the horse that couldn't be rode." The pictographs boast the best of everything in Texas: "prickliest pears," "most cantankerous coyotes," “unloansome pines,” and similar. Along the border illustrations are depictions of Texas life and history, including The Alamo and San Jacinto Monument as well as more modern skyscrapers. The map is drawn to a scale of “1 inch = 5 Texas Grapefruit.”

The map was published in Texas by John Randolph with Mark Storm as the cartographer. Mark Storm was a painter and sculptor specializing in western genre scenes. He was born in Valdez, Alaska, and as a youth lived in Alaska, Oregon, California, and Mexico, before ending up in Texas. He attended the University of Texas from 1930-34. From 1946, Storm lived in Houston. He began his career as a commercial artist and illustrator, and began also making Western-themed fine art in the 1940s. 

Storm became a member of the Texas Cowboy Artists Association in 1973, served as its president in 1975-76, and participated regularly in their exhibitions. He was named Texas Cowboy Artist of the Year in 1980 and 1981 and a contributor to the book XIT, The American Cowboy: An Exploration in Art and Words by Caleb Pirtle (1975). His works are also in the Museum of Natural Science, Houston; various corporate collections, and the Medford Collection of Western Art at the City Hall of Lufkin, Texas.

Map is in very good condition, with age-appropriate light wear from past use. Bright and vibrant, original color. Original fold lines along the horizontal and vertical visible, with some minimal discoloration along folds. This map is artfully and archivally presented in a custom-built wooden frame with decorative double top mats. Framed dimensions: 27" H x 32" W x 1 1/2" D.

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