Printed on the back of the map is a large illustration of various industries, livestock, and farm products contained within a wall in the shape of the state map under the declaration “Build a High Wall Around the State of Texas and Its 7,777,777 Friendly Texans Could Live Splendidly Forever on the Vast and Varied Resources of this Immense Fabulous Empire.” The caption beneath it and other texts on the page combine actual almanac information and humorous boasts. There are also doctored photos of oversized animals and produce purporting to show “Big Things Are Raised in Texas,” and a row of illustrations of animals sporting absurdly long tails under the heading “Tall Tales of Texas.”
Harper Standard Engraving Company was a firm providing services to the printing industry in Dallas, Texas, co-founded in 1919 by Jack Harper, Sr., and Vernon Snow, as the Harper-Snow Engraving Company, producing custom illustrations and printing plates. In 1950, the company diversified to include an advertising specialty division that produced business promotional items. With Jack Harper, Jr., now running the firm, the name was changed to Harper House in 1972 to reflect the transition from obsolete engraving processes to newer printing technologies. It has continued in business and celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2019.
Full publication information: Produced and Distributed by Harper Standard Engraving Co., P.O. Box 1016, Dallas, Texas.
Condition: Generally very good, folds, as issued, otherwise with the usual light toning, wear, handling.
“Harper House 1919-2019.” Harper House. https://harperhouse.com/timeline#2019 (6 January 2020).