The Rumanian People’s Republic Touring Map


A pictorial glimpse behind the Iron Curtain.

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After WWII, the Axis member state Romania (critical to Hitler for its oil reserves) was occupied by forces of the Soviet Union. Shortly thereafter, a one-party Communist state was declared in the form of the Romanian People’s Republic. This Eastern Bloc country was heavily overseen by Moscow, and large quantities of industrial products and national resources were absorbed by the red state. To combat this exodus of economic potential, officials in the Romanian People’s Republic began to try and capture additional capital in the form of Western tourism dollars. This was not an uncommon practice – many Eastern Bloc states struggled economically in the second half of the 20th century and there was a constant debate between the desire for tourism dollars and the fear of Western influence.

The Romanian National Touring Office uses colorful pictorial imagery and a bold red route on this map to draw the eye of the audience. Accompanying text provides information on possible attractions for the Western tourist, and includes details on history, hunting, cities, spa resorts and beaches.

Map Details

Publication Date: c. 1960

Author: Carpati (Romanian Office of Tourism)

Sheet Width (in): 19.50

Sheet Height (in): 13.75

Condition: A

Condition Description: Some wrinkling and very slight soiling along centerfold, otherwise excellent.