A Map of America's Making
Historical Pictorial Map, 1929

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A Map of America's Making
A Map of America's Making
A Map of America's Making
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Paul M. Paine (1869-1955) (after)
A Map of America's Making
R.R. Bowker Company, New York: c. 1929
Color-process print
22.75 x 31.75 inches, overall
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Richly detailed historical pictorial map whose themes are summarized in its cartouche: "Map of America's Making: A Chart of Places and Events. For those who would sail with Discoverers, seek Freedom with the Colonists, follow the westward trails, subdue the Wilderness and behold The Building of the Republic." The geographic details are kept simple, indicating state lines, major bodies of water and rivers. This places the emphasis on historical events, which are labeled throughout, and lines indicating the routes taken by various explorers of the continent both on land and at sea. Short essays on "The Frontier," "The Explorers" and early U.S. political history beginning in 1776 are included in inset boxes below the U.S. map. The map is printed in shades of red, blue, yellow and green, with black outlines.

Paul M. Paine designed or co-designed several pictorial maps during the 1920s and 1930s: The Booklovers Map of the British Isles (1927), A Map of the History of New York State (1928), Map of the History of Pennsylvania (1931) and The Booklovers Map of America (1939). He is likely the same Paul M. Paine who served as a librarian at the Syracuse Public Library and was active in the American Library Association in 1919.

Paul Mayo Paine (who typically signed his maps Paul M. Paine) designed or co-designed several pictorial maps during the 1920s and 1930s. He served as a librarian at the Syracuse [New York] Public Library from at least 1919 to at least 1931, and was active in the American Library Association. His maps reflected his occupation as a librarian, with either literary or historical themes: Map of Adventures (1925), The Booklovers Map of the British Isles (1927), A Map of the History of New York State (1928), Map of Great Adventures (1928), Map of the History of Pennsylvania (1931) and The Booklovers Map of America (1939).  He also collaborated with Grace Raymond Hebard on Map of the History and Romance of Wyoming (1928).

R.R. Bowker Co. was founded in 1872 and today is the official U.S. ISBN Agency, as well as a major publisher of reference books and directories. The company published various pictorial maps in the mid 20th century, including ones by Paul. M. Paine and Amy Jones.

Full publication information: Copyright by Paul M. Paine 1925, 1926, 1929. R.R. Bowker Company, 62 West 45th Street, N.Y.

References:

Library of Congress Copyright Office Catalog of Copyright Entries. Part 1. [B] Group 2. Vol. 28, Part 2. Washington, D.C.: United States Government Printing Office, 1932. p. 1547. Online at Google Books. http://books.google.com/books?id=Z1tbAAAAIAAJ (9 June 2010).

Paine, Paul M. "The Use of Print -- Its Advocates in Conference." The Library Journal. August 1919. p. 407. Online at Google Books. http://books.google.com/books?id=q59JAAAAYAAJ (9 June 2010).