[Complete Set of Gulf Refining Company Aviation Atlases]


Mapping rapid changes in aviation across the 1930s.

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This fascinating group of five aviation atlases (1st – 5th editions) was compiled and published by Rand McNally and distributed by the Gulf Refining Company between 1930 and 1937. Each stapled booklet contains between 16-24 pages; with photos of famous aviators, flying machines (airplanes, gyros, and dirigibles), a chronological review of aviation history, double page map of historical flights, charts and diagrams showing the aviation development of various countries, and single page maps of national air transport routes included within.

Of particular interest is the five-year progression of a diagram titled ‘The United States Grows Small by Air Hours’, which shows the relative size of America based on speeds offered by Air Mail vs. Regular (Railroad) Mail. Later issues include details on government navigational aids, aviation records, and views of American airports. Advertisements for Gulf Oil products and travel services can also be seen throughout.

An intriguing and detailed catalog of the formative years of commercial aviation, with an emphasis on the United States but encompassing the entire world.

Source: Smithsonian Institute;

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Publication Date: 1930 - 1937

Author: Rand McNally

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Condition: B+

Condition Description: Complete collection of five Gulf Aviation Atlases, published between 1930 and 1935 by Rand McNally. Each has stapled binding and original illustrated paper wraps (4 orange, 1 blue). Most measure 10" x 13.25", but the 5th edition is slightly smaller at 9.25" x 12". Contents are generally in good to very good condition, with light wear, creased corners, and faint soiling consistent with age and use. The first pages of the 5th edition are loose. Covers show a bit more wear, with some chipped corners and moderate soiling. The 4th edition has some moderate image loss confined to the front cover and the 5th edition shows some damp staining. As a set, between good and very good condition overall.


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