Antoncich, Frank (mapmaker).
Virginia, Minnesota. W. A. Fisher Co., 1940.
Color pictographic / pictorial map, 21 1/4 x 16 3/4 inches on sheet 22 x 18 inches, folded as issued. Crease lines, tiny tear at upper right edge; still displays very well. On the self-styled "Cartomap" by Frank Antoncich (1906-1994) cartoon figures evoke historical events relating to Native Americans, early fur traders and white settlers. (Among the latter was an artist named Colonel Thorpe, known for his portrait of Abraham Lincoln.) Contemporary matters are also depicted on the map. These include the rail lines of the Northern Pacific as well as highways 210 and 371 while the Mississippi River runs in a southwestern direction across a major portion of the map with the town of Brainerd depicted on both sides of the river. In close proximity a bucking horse with rider is captioned "In 1870 Brainerd was a wild and woolly town." Elsewhere a caption beneath a rustic structure states "Over 200 summer resorts in the Brainerd Lake region." Beneath the map's title is noted: "Historical information taken from the files of the Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul." This map, one of Antoncich's most detailed creations, is featured in the article "The 1930s 'Cartomaps' of Frank Antoncich" by Craig Clinton published in the Washington Map Society's "The Portolan" Winter 2018. Item #55285