Large historical, pictorial map of Kansas, set within a floral border and liberally illustrated. Along the top and bottom margins are vignettes illustrating state history with explanatory captions. The map shows county lines, major towns and locations of landmarks. It also traces the Pony Express Route through Atchison and Marysville, and labels the Santa Fe and Chisholm Trails. Among the other named places and features on the map are Fort Leavenworth, Neosho River, Kickapoo Corral in Winfield, Lead and Zinc Mines, Larned, Buffalo Bill's Dispatch Route, Dodge City, Battle of Sand Creek 1864, Kansas State Teachers College, Concordia, Mankato, Pike Expedition 1806, Junction City, Alma, Topeka, Council Grove, John Brown State Park, Olathe, Abilene, Emporia, Hutchinson, Pottawatomie Mission, Lawrence Massacre 1856, Cimarron, Meade, and Eureka. The artist was a skilled wood engraver, and the illustrations, especially the vignettes in the margins, are very much in that style, with areas of flat, bold color.
Herschel Logan served as art director of Consolidated Printing & Stationery Company in Salina (printer of the map) from 1931 to 1967. Logan was born in Missouri and studied at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. He was an illustrator, designer and printmaker, and actively exhibited his art from the mid 1920s on, particularly in Kansas. He also won numerous prizes at exhibitions, including one at the 1939 New York World’s Fair. From 1921 to 1938, he produced nearly 140 woodcut prints, mostly of Kansas landscapes. A contributing editor to The American Rifleman, he published articles and illustrations on antique arms in that and other gun publications, and authored and illustrated the books Hand Cannon to Automatic (1944), Cartridges (1948), and Buckskin and Satin (1954). As of 1959, his work was in the collections of the New York Public Library, Library of Congress, University of Kansas and Denver Art Museum.
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“Herschel C. Logan.” AskArt.com. 2000-2008. http://www.askart.com/askart/artist.aspx?artist=115345 (25 July 2008).