Presented is an original Rand McNally railway map of the city of Chicago. The map was produced in 1922 as a standard railway terminal map of the city. Blue lines on the map denote outer zones of the "Chicago Switching District," as stated in the upper right corner. The map features an index to railroads entering Chicago depots, with railway and depot numbers also shown. The map includes the following copyright information stated below the depot index: "Rand McNally & Co.'s New Railway Terminal Map of Chicago. Copyright by Rand McNally & Co. Made in U.S.A."
The map focuses on the railway lines throughout Chicago. Railway stops are labeled along lines, and significant streets are listed. The map has been framed in a custom, repurposed wood frame with hand-painted details on the glass. Significant parks and the Navy Pier are featured in paint, as well as "Chicago" in capital letters and the date of publication, circa 1922.
In 1868, William H. Rand and Andrew McNally formed a partnership and purchased the printing plant of the Chicago Tribune. This partnership later incorporated under the name Rand, McNally & Co. The company initially focused their work on printing tickets and timetables for Chicago's booming railroad industry. Shortly after opening, the company supplemented their business by publishing complete railroad guides. In 1870, the company expanded into printing business directories and an illustrated newspaper, the People's Weekly. From humble beginnings, the Rand McNally & Co. continued to produce reliable and detailed road maps and atlases throughout the 20th century. Today, Rand McNally & Co. remains as a large American map and navigation company, still known best for its annual atlases.
Overall very good condition considering age. Paper quality is very good, with only a slight fold line in the center with minimal wear. Framed in a custom wood frame with painted glass.
Framed dimensions: 29 1/2" H x 23 1/4" W x 2" D.
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