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Map, Scotland, Pictorial, Story Map of Scotland, Vintage Print, 1930s


Story Map of Scotland
Colortext Publications, Inc., Chicago: 1935-36
Color process print
15.5 x 12 inches, border
17 x 13.5 inches, overall

A detailed and colorful pictorial map of Scotland, filled with drawings of historic sites, incidents and portraits of important Scottish men and women, including explanatory captions. Insofar as there is so much historical information, geography is kept simple to major rivers and other bodies of water, counties, cities and towns. There are ships in the oceans — both historic vessels and others left uncaptioned — and numerous depictions of wild and domesticated animals on the mainland and fish in the sea. A few sites on the southern border with England are also included, with a compass rose in the lower right corner and a coat of arms lower left. The map is surrounded by an elaborate border design of Scottish tartans from different clans. The cartouche is surrounded by a border design of thistles, which are symbols of Scotland, surmounted by a coat of arms.

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Colortext Publications published educational books and pictorial maps in the second quarter of the 20th century. A series of “Story Maps” were published between 1935 and 1950, including maps of Europe, France, Ireland, Scotland, England, Mexico, the United States and the West Indies. Colortext also published maps of France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland during this period by the cartographer and illustrator Ernest Dudley Chase and a map of Kentucky for the H.E. Pogue Distillery. In addition to Chase, Colortext maps were drawn by Egbert G. Jacobson, Julio de Diego, A. Walker and W.E. Vogelear. Apparently these maps were intended to engage and educate American youth. In addition, the firm published illustrated booklets about history for children in connection with the Chicago World’s Fair Century of Progress Exhibition in 1933 and 1934, and maps of Chicago (1938) and a Military Panoramap of the Theatre of War (1940) showing the European theater of World War II.

Condition: Generally fine with only minor light toning, wear, soft creases.


Clinton, Craig. “Colortext Maps of the 1930s.” Old Imprints. (22 June 2015).

“Colortext Publications.” OCLC WorldCat. (22 June 2015).

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20th Century