Pictorial Map of Historic Panama


Pictorial souvenir map of Panama published during World War II.

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Originally folded as a standalone mailer, this map was designed as a souvenir for servicemen and women to send home to their families after crossing the famed Panama Canal. This copy was sent from Alex Catania onboard the U.S.S. Lander to (presumably) his parents in West Virginia in 1946 (address and stamp on verso). However, text present on the verso claims “V-J Day will come sooner because the United States completed the Panama Canal” – showing that it was originally published while the war was still being fought.

The map, in which the canal only appears in a minor role, is focused instead on important events and figures in Panama’s history. Boldly colored illustrations show the ships of Balboa and Columbus, Spanish gold mines, and several Indian tribes, providing an emphasis on native pride rather than the accomplishments of the U.S. in the region.

Map Details

Publication Date: c. 1945

Author: Ting Leong

Sheet Width (in): 18

Sheet Height (in): 12.5

Condition: B

Condition Description: The map is in good condition, with fold wear from original issue and one 2" tear along the right side that has been repaired on verso. Slight loss at fold intersections


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