Mem-O-Map of Europe
Lighthearted map of Europe and North Africa created for American servicemen returning to the USA after their tour of duty in Europe at the end of WWII.
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The map was conceived of and drawn by John Gottlieb Drury, who served two years as a 4th Grade Technician in the 214th Ordnance Battalion in the Pacific Theater during the war. He sketched and drew several maps on the trip home, and they were immensely popular with his peers, leading him to found the Mem-O-Map company. Although there are a few subtle illustrations referencing the war, such as a flag for the 101st Airborne in Belgium, the majority of the image is filled with cultural and historical images reminiscent of a tourist map.
The purpose of the map was for servicemen to commemorate their tour by marking the information relevant to their campaign, such as place of landing and departure, their route, and locations where they were stationed. Drury created five Mem-O-Maps just after the war, including ones for Okinawa, Korea & Japan, the Philippine Islands, and Oahu, Hawaii.
To learn more about John Drury’s Mem-O-Maps, check out my blog post here.
Publication Date: 1946
Author: John Drury
Sheet Width (in): 9.5
Sheet Height (in): 12.8
Condition Description: The map is a clean example printed on heavier paper with some extraneous creasing. There are a few tiny tears along the edges of the sheet, not affecting the image.