St. Louis, MO. St. Louis Public Service Co., 1942.
A folded map of St. Louis' street car and bus lines, 8 x 4 inches, unfolding to a colorful map approximately 24 x 28 inches. There is a light 2 inch dog-ear fold on the free edge of the folded map's cover; also abrasions along the same free edge, and light pencil notes on the folded map's rear cover. The map is dated 1942, three years after Williams moved to New Orleans, having spent many of his formative years in St. Louis. The map depicts the transit system Williams would have encountered during his years in the city, with the "05" Street Car Line ("Creve Coeur") heading north from the city to the recreational grounds at Creve Coeur Lake. In "A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur," produced in New York in 1979, Williams cast his mind back to St. Louis of the 1930s, telling the story of a middle-aged school teacher desperately seeking, unsuccessfully, a life-changing romance. Overall, an interesting ephemeral item reflecting aspects of the St. Louis as it was during Williams formative years. Overall good condition. Item #49254