Rand McNally & Co.
Roller map. Includes hanging bracket. Measures 46.25" x 56.5".
This charmingly odd map of North America celebrates the entrance of Hawaii and Alaska into the Union by accurately capturing the entire geographical spread of the United States. While the decision to show the continent skewed toward the right results in a large expanse of the Pacific Ocean being rendered, the map capitalizes on this effect by including the paths of many historical voyages, such as those of James Cook, which criss-cross the ocean and connect the US to its neighboring countries of Canada, Mexico, and the USSR. By contextualizing the United States' recent annexations within a long history of exploration, the map conveys the ideas underlying mid-century American identity. It is drawn according to Lambert's Azimuthal Equal Area Projection, a mode that accurately represents area.
The map is in good condition with very light toning in areas of the ocean. Some scuffing and paint drips on bottom vinyl support, not affecting the image. The map has its original bracket and is ready to hang.
Rand McNally is an American publishing company specializing in maps, atlases and globes. Founded by William Rand in 1856, who hired Andrew McNally in 1858 to work in his shop. The two men formally established Rand McNally & Co. in 1868. The firm remains in business today.