United Airlines System Map


Postwar pictorial map encouraging Americans to fly across the country.

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This stylized map of the United States shows the various air routes in operation the year immediately following Allied victory in World War II. The Main Line Airway, United Airlines, is emphasized in bright red and shows transcontinental accessibility, plus available connections along each coast (though the East is limited).

LAMSA Air Lines, a subsidiary acquired by United in 1942 and later sold to the Mexican Government, are shown in green with a proposed connection between the two. ‘Other Air Lines’ are shown in both thin brown and double red bars. Numerous simple vignettes give an impression of the various sights and attractions available across the country, access to all made easy on the fast, comfortable, and convenient flights of United Airlines.

Photographs and text on the verso praise the company’s excellent in-flight meal service, as well as the new fleet of luxurious aircraft. It is here that I dated the map, as the latter paragraph references the fleet of Mainliners (Douglas DC-6), due for delivery to United in September of 1946 (they weren’t delivered until November).

Source: Rumsey: 8186.003.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1946

Author: Ed Boehmer

Sheet Width (in): 21.50

Sheet Height (in): 16.75

Condition: A

Condition Description: Light creasing along originally issued fold lines, otherwise in fine condition.


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