TWA Air Routes in the United States

TWA’s air atlas souvenir from 1951.

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Description

This mid-century souvenir from the ‘Golden Age of Flying’ shows the domestic routes across the United States in operation by Transworld Airlines, Inc. (TWA) as of 1951. A key map shows the regional organization of the complex network, while the following five pages present each; New York – Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh – Chicago, Chicago – Kansas City, Kansas City – Albuquerque, and Albuquerque – Los Angeles and San Francisco.

On each sheet, the flight routes (with distance) and TWA terminals are highlighted above a terrestrial transportation map showing highways and railroads. This visual comparison allows the audience to make their own inferences on the efficiency and speed of air travel vs. standard road or rail.

The final pages assure the audience of a comfortable flight during inclement weather, present an aviation quiz, ad showcase TWA’s international routes. The back cover includes an area for the owner to input information regarding their flight – left blank, in this case.

The atlas was created in 1951 by the General Drafting Company of New York on behalf of Trans-World Airlines, Inc. Cover art by Bob Smith.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1955

Author: Trans-World Airlines, Inc.

Sheet Width (in): 19.6

Sheet Height (in): 9.9

Condition: A

Condition Description: 8 page 'air atlas' with stapled binding and folded once into panels measuring approximately 5" x 9.9". A small chip in the lower right of the front cover and light wear throughout consistent with age. Very good to near fine overall.

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