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Map, New York Metropolitan Area, Golf Courses, Rand McNally, Antique Print, 1923

Rand McNally Official 1923 Detailed Auto Trails Map, Long Island and Vicinity Featuring Golf Links
Rand McNally & Company, Chicago: 1923
Three-color process print
25.25 x 32.5 inches, ruled border
26.75 x 34 inches, overall

Highly detailed large road map of the New York City metropolitan area in 1923 featuring 190 golf courses, shown as green silhouettes with the clubhouse as a white square and numbered according to a key lower right. The map extends west to east from Morristown, New Jersey, to Clinton, Connecticut (east of New Haven), and from north to south from Peekskill, New York, and Derby, Connecticut, to Belmar, New Jersey. The main map includes all of Long Island east to Hampton Bays, with an inset map below of the rest of the island including the Hamptons and Montauk. The golf-centric focus of this map is highly unusual, making it a notable document of the early development of golf clubs and resorts in the New York suburbs. Rand McNally issued Auto Trails maps of various locales in this period. Nonetheless, the offered Rand McNally Auto Trails map — focusing on golf links in the New York City tri-state area — is particularly rare; we located only one other example issued in 1921.

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The map serves as a comprehensive resource for motorists planning golf outings and vacations. The cartographic information includes towns, roads, waterways, bridges, railways, and ferry routes, printed in black. State lines are indicated in red, as are hotels and auto repair businesses. Lower center below the map title are a mileage scale and a key to the different types of roads and ferry lines. There is also a chart of “Trail Markings” to 24 major routes then known as “auto trails” with small pictures and description of their colors. The auto trail system was in use prior to the adoption of the U.S. Highway System in 1926, which instituted the route numbering system and signage still in use today. There is a compass rose in Long Island Sound.

Among the Westchester golf clubs are many still highly rated today: Winged Foot and Quaker Ridge in Mamaroneck, New York; Westchester-Biltmore Country Club, Rye; Wykagyl Country Club, New Rochelle; Century Country Club, Purchase; and Sleepy Hollow Country Club, Scarborough-on-Hudson. Among the Long Island golf clubs shown are Maidstone Club, East Hampton; Meadow Club, National Golf Links of America, and Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, Southhampton; Garden City Country Club; Piping Rock Club, Locust Valley; Westhampton Country Club; Meadow Brook, Westbury; Shelter Island Country Club; Northfork Country Club, Cutchogue; Bridgehampton Golf Club; and Amagansett Golf Club. In New Jersey, prominent clubs still in existence include Baltusrol in Springfield; Plainfield Country Club; Ridgewood Country Club; and the Mountain Ridge and Essex County Country Clubs, West Orange. And in Connecticut, major courses today include the Country Club of Fairfield, Wee Burn Golf Club (then Noroton, now Darien), and Brooklawn Country Club (then Bridgeport, now Fairfield).

Condition: Generally very good, recently professionally cleaned and deacidified, and original folds flattened and minor openings at folds and intersections closed as backed on Japanese tissue, with the usual overall remaining toning, wear, handling, including slightly greater wear at old folds and intersections.

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20th Century