New York. National City Bank of New York. Circa 1940.
Folded brochure, 6 x 9 inches opening to a color pictorial map, 19 2/4 x 17 inches on sheet 24 x 18 inches, "Shrinking Time and Distance" depicting North and South America showing principal international air routes from New York City to destinations in Canada, Alaska, Mexico, South America and along the west coast of the United States. The color map is illustrated with small images, identified by labeled icons at the bottom of the map, of products that range from bananas to hogs to diamonds, while shipping and airline routes are shown in connection with transport across both the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans. An uncommon map produced by Hagstrom Company Inc., N.Y. 4 small (approximately 1/8 inch) holes along center fold; slight paper loss to left edge of map, penetrating decorative border, as a result of abrasions to front cover; overall very good condition. Map image clean and bright. Rear panel of brochure provides a black and white "Airway Routes" map of the U.S. Several of the listed airlines operating at the time suggest a circa 1940 publication date. The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum suggests a 1934-1940 period of operation for the Boston-Maine Airways, Inc. Also, it appears that Wyoming Air changed its name to Inland Airlines (as listed) in July 1938. Canadian Colonial Airways was reformed as Colonial Airlines in 1942 (later absorbed by Eastern Airlines). A circa 1940 date of publication seems appropriate. Item #55383