Pictorial Map of North America

Pictorial showcase of the architectural highlights of North America.

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Near the end of a successful career in the greeting card business, Ernest Dudley Chase began creating maps at the age of 49 from his home in Winchester, Massachusetts. His spirit for travel, pride in the United States, and eye for beauty are reflected in all of the 50+ maps he designed until his death in 1966, and many of them (like this example) were self published. Chase created numerous maps of his native New England and Massachusetts, as well as war maps, world maps, and satirical maps – all in the same distinctive pictorial style.

Chase’s skill is on full display in this image of North America, showing the continent from the northern tip of Greenland to Panama. Although it’s not specified, the evident theme of the map is the architectural highlights of cities and regions on the continent, perhaps prompted by the recent devastation across Europe. Illustrated vignettes both within the borders and along the edges show prime examples like the Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City, the pyramids of Chichen Itza, and the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

Other illustrations depict natural beauty, wildlife, and historical events, such as the routes of famous explorers alongside sailing ships. Interspersed throughout the map are charming example of Chase’s wit – a frozen Arctic Circle, heartbreak in Reno, and the Golden Heart in Fairbanks. Under Alaska can be found a warning common on many postwar maps – “Only about 50 miles separate U.S. Territory from Russia!”

Map Details

Publication Date: 1945

Author: Ernest Dudley Chase

Sheet Width (in): 21.1

Sheet Height (in): 28.8

Condition: B

Condition Description: The image is moderately faded from sun exposure and was professionally lifted from a previous mounting. Minor edge wear and soiling, but overall very good.

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