Pictorial map of Alaska, published the year Alaska officially became the 49th state of the United States of America. The map is richly illustrated with naturalistic depictions of wildlife, agricultural products, historical landmarks, oil fields and fisheries. Along the left and right sides, six circular illustrations highlight important events in Alaskan history beginning with Vitus Bering’s 1741 explorations and ending with Alaska statehood. A compass rose over the Gulf of Alaska incorporates the American and Alaskan flags. Geographical entities include rivers, straits, sounds, towns, mountain ranges (drawn in aerial perspective), glaciers (shaded white), and existing and proposed highways. The Arctic Circle is indicated by a dashed line. The map also includes a section of the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Yukon and the Northwest Territories to the east, which are depicted in less detail and dominated by a large illustration of a Native American totem pole. The map border is rendered in a geometric beadwork design, inspired by artwork of indigenous Northwest Coast tribes.
R. Klengston Rude was an illustrator and photographer who signed his work “Kleng Rude.” He was born in Oregon, and by 1944 was living in Monterey, California, and working as a photographer. By 1959 he had opened a studio in Studio City, California, and provided illustrations and graphics for film industry clients, and is listed in the credits for the feature film Concentration (1973). Rude made at least two pictorial maps, one of Alaska and one of California and Nevada.
Full publication information: “Kleng Rude. Copyright 1959 by R. Klengston Rude, Studio City. Calif. Published and distributed by Alaska Arts, Kleng Rude Studio -- P.O. Box 1378, Studio City, California.”
Inscribed in ink lower right: SA Nyden. Map comes with its original cardboard packaging tube, inscribed in black crayon from S.A. Nyden, 1006 Tenth Ave., Fairbanks, Alaska, for Miss Shirley A. Nyden.
Condition: Generally good with the usual overall light toning, wear, soft creases. Some tape residue verso, where formerly hung, not affecting the front. Original tube worn and soiled, but intact.