Railway Express Agency, Inc., 1945.
Folded pamphlet 9 x 4 inches opening sheet 17 3/4 x 23 1/2 inches displaying a colorful bird's-eye view map of "Postwar Town, U.S.A. Showing Typical Uses for Air Express in Any Community." Text at bottom right edge of map states "Air Express Gets There First." The brochure/pictorial map, in excellent unused condition, is an uncommon and evocative item published as the United States was nearing the end of WW II. This immediately post World War II advertising brochure touting the speedy delivery of goods to all kinds of businesses anywhere in the United States seems particularly poignant in 2020: everything in the image is being delivered to the retailer for distribution; in 2020 that middleman has been replaced. The "Community" has been transformed. A passenger train is shown steaming through the heart of downtown, but the more important image is located at the top right of the map: an Airport with a plane ready for takeoff and text stating "Air Express Shortest Distance between Two Points." Busy uniformed figures populate the map, grabbing packages for out-of-town delivery or delivering packages to eager business owners. At lower right of the image Air Express is noted to be a Division of Railway Express Agency, Inc. Representing the AIRLINES of the United States." On the verso is a map of the United States with "Typical AirExpress flying times and cost," text and image further advertising the services available. The company, facing steep competition, ceased operations and filed for bankruptcy in 1975. OCLC lists 2 library holdings (Denver Public Library and Southern Methodist University); also at the David Rumsey Map Collection. Item #55592