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Decorative 1940s pictorial map of the Pan American Highway

Place/Date: New York / ca. 1945
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Title: Pictorial map of the American Continent featuring the Pan American Highway
Technique
Offset printing
Dimensions
61 x 46 cm (24 x 18 in)
Identifier
NL-00380
Coloring
Original color
Condition Rating
VG+
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Description

This attractive map shows the Pan American Highway with its finished and planned routes.

The notion of linking North and South America to each other was originally proposed in 1889 as a railroad, but the project was never realized. The idea of building a highway emerged in 1923 and in 1937 Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Canada, and the United States signed the Convention on the Pan-American Highway. According to Guinness World Records, the Pan-American Highway is the world’s longest “motorable road.”

According to its style, this map can be dated to the mid-1940s. It shows an only partially-built highway in Mexico (not completed until 1950). The text on the verso already mentions the year 1943.

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Condition Description

Soft folds with small tears and tiny holes, otherwise in a good condition, text on the back.

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