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Map, United States, Pictorial, Our United States, Edward Everett Henry, Vintage Print, 1930 (Sold)

Edward Everett Henry (1893-1961) (after)
Our United States
Washington Square Bookshop, New York: 1930
Color process print
21.5 x 25 inches, image
29.5 x 32.75 inches, border
31.5 x 34.5 inches, overall

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Pictorial map of the United States celebrating its economic activity: agricultural products and livestock, industry, and natural resources. The patriotic map, according to the credits, is based on a Rand McNally map and is embellished with tan illustrations drawn in black outline. Above the map is an Art Deco cartouche surrounded on left and right by numerous smaller inset maps of United States territories including the  Hawaiian Islands and Alaska — which had not yet been admitted as states — as well as the Philippines,  Panama Canal Zone, “Porto Rico,” and Cuba. Bold Art Deco illustrations within large border blocks on the left side and bottom of the map illustrate modes of transportation interspersed with small U.S. maps of air routes, motor highways, and railway systems. The far outer borders have repeating red and blue stars against a white background.  Another example of this map, from the collection of the Library of Congress, is illustrated on a full page in Hornsby’s definitive book, Picturing America: The Golden Age of Pictorial Maps. Hornsby observes that “Henry created a patriotic celebration of American progress from the American Indian to the airplane” (p. 79).

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Description

Edward Everett Henry was an illustrator and muralist based in New York City, and later resided in New Canaan, Connecticut, and East Hampton, Long Island. Henry studied at the New York School of Fine and Applied Arts and by 1917 he was teaching there. He enlisted in the army during World War I and applied his artistic talent to working in the Camouflage Corps. After the war, he worked regularly as an illustrator for advertising campaigns, books, and magazines such as the Saturday Evening Post and Collier’s. In 1935 he was commissioned by Ford Motor Company to produce a large world map mural for its building at the San Diego World’s Fair. He then entered into partnership with artists Louis Bouché and Allen Saalburg to design and paint murals for other corporate and commercial projects — the Pennsylvania Railroad and the 1939 New York World’s Fair, among others. Beginning in 1928 until the end of this life he also produced a number of pictorial maps: a double hemisphere world map for the Washington Square Book Shop (1928), a map of the United States for Rand McNally (1930), a map of Trinidad for Barber Asphalt Company (c. 1936-38), a map of the United States showing “your premium dollars at work” for the John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company (1958), a map of East Hampton for the Chamber of Commerce (1960), and a series of nine literary maps related to classic works such as Moby Dick and Robin Hood (1953-1961). He also made pictorial estate plans for private clients. As author Stephen Hornbsy notes in his history of pictorial maps, Henry had a gift for “successfully combining text and image” of complex subjects in a manner that is highly effective at conveying information with clarity and visual appeal.

Full publication information: “Outline Map by the courtesy of Rand-McNally and Company/ Designed by Everett Henry/ Published by Washington Sq. Book Shop 27 West 8th St. N.Y.C.”

Condition: Generally very good, recently professionally cleaned and restored, also backed with Japanese paper to flatten folds, now with only minor remaining toning and wear.

References:

“E. Everett Henry.” AskArt.com. 2000-2008. http://www.askart.com/askart/h/e_everett_henry/e_everett_henry.aspx (3 November 2008).

“Edward Evertt Henry [1893-1961]: artist, camoufleur & cartographer.” Barron Maps Blog. 9 October 2017. http://www.barronmaps.com/edward-everett-henry-1893-1961/ (4 May 2020).

Hornsby, Stephen J. Picturing America: The Golden Age of Pictorial Maps. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017. pp. 16, 79, 99, 108-109, 119, 183, 243-244, 251.

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Century

20th Century