The Penn-Jersey Automobile Red Book


One of the many ‘colorful’ automobile tourist guides issued in the early 20th century.

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As described on the title page, this is “a pocket touring hand-book of maps and routes covering Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware…Index of Routes, Maps, Hotels, Garages, and General Advertisements in Back of Book, Also a list of over 1200 Cities and Towns reached by the Descriptive Routes.”

Despite that relatively dry introduction, the contents are quite fascinating, and capture the experience of early motor tourism in the northeast. Route descriptions are straightforward and include notable landmarks, topographic information, and road conditions. Small maps of urban areas highlight rudimentary road networks supplemented by interurban rails.

The advertisements promote a wide array of contemporary services, transportation options, accommodations, and products. The Red Book also includes a fold out road map which emphasizes the numerous small towns available to service motorists along each route. Published in Philadelphia by W. Nuneviller Co. in 1916.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1916

Author: W. Nuneviller Co.

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Condition: B

Condition Description: 124 pp. guidebook, approximately 5" x 8.5", bound in original embossed red leather covers (heavily soiled). Endpapers are spotted but otherwise the contents, printed on a variety of colored paper, are in good condition. Includes a fold out map with heavy wear that measures approximately 25.6" x 14.1" and is in fair condition. Creasing, discoloration, and wear along fold lines; including about 6" of separation that has been repaired and reinforced on the verso. Numerous small spots of worming, and small holes at fold intersections.


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