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Rand McNally & Company

Rand McNally & Company


Rand McNally & Co. is a large American map and navigation company best known for its annual atlases. The company got its start in 1856, when William Rand opened a print shop in Chicago. He was joined in 1858 by a new employee, Andrew McNally. Together, the men established their namesake company in 1868. Originally, the company was intended to print the tickets and timetables for the trains running to and through Chicago; their first railway guide was published in 1869.

By 1870, they had shifted from just printing to publishing directories, travel guides, and newspapers. Their first map appeared in 1872 in a railway guide. The map was produced using a new wax engraving method, a cheaper process that gave the company an edge.

By 1880 Rand McNally had entered the education market with globes, wall maps, and geography texts for students. In 1923, Rand McNally published the first Goode’s World Atlas, named after its editor, Dr. J. Paul Goode. For generations afterward, this would be the standard classroom atlas.

In 1899, William Rand left the company, but McNally and his family remained, controlling the company for over a century. In 1904, they published their first road map intended for automobiles and by 1907 were publishing Photo-Auto Guides, which combined photography and mapping to help drivers. In 1924, they produced the Auto Chum, a precursor to their famous road atlases. Rand McNally would remain the leader in road maps and atlases throughout the twentieth century.

In 1937, Rand McNally opened its first store in New York City. Ever on the frontier of technology, Rand McNally pioneered the scribing process for printing tickets in 1958 and printed their first full-color road atlas in 1960. Arthur Robinson developed his now-famous projection of Rand McNally in 1969. By the 1980s, the company was exploring digital reproduction and digital databases of maps for truckers. In the 1990s, they lead the charge to develop trip-planning software and websites. Today, most of its products are available online or in a digital format, including maps for tablets and phones.



1

1960 - The American Radio Relay League Amateur Radio Map of the World

  • $21.99

Finely executed map of the world, centered on the polar areas on a modified equidistant Azimuthal projection. Shows capital cities and major cities of the world, government radio districts and prefix areas, I.A.R.U. continental sub-divisions, I.T.U....


2

1887 - Map of the Great Wabash System -- Wabash St. Louis & Pacific Ry.

  • $14.99

Mapping The Wabash Lines in 1887 Scarce Railroad Timetable Map of the Wabash System, published for the Wabash, St. Louis and Pacific Railway in 1887. The map shows the company railroad lines, extending from Lake Michigan to Kansas City, Council...


3

1887 - A New and Correct Map of the Chicago and North-Western Railway and Western Connections.

  • $21.99

Mapping The Chicago & Northwestern System and Its Principal Connections in 1887 Scarce Railroad Timetable Map of the Chicago & Northwestern System, published for the Chicago and North-Western Railway in 1887. The map shows a fine images of...


4

1924 - Vest Pocket Map of the Victory Highway The Nation's Memorial Road From New York through Topeka to San Francisco . . . 1924

  • $14.99

An Early Transcontinental Highway Nice example of this scarce map of the United States published by The Victory Highway Association, with its National Headquarters in Topeka Kansas. The Victory Highway is highlighted in red, differentiating it from...


5

1929 - Illustrated Map of the route of Transcontinental Air Transport Inc. (Stephen Dupont Flight from Columbus, Ohio to Waynoka, Oklahoma on September 21, 1929 -- Curtiss Condor B-2).

  • $14.99

Rare Early Flight Planning Map Finely executed pictorial map of the United States showing the route of Transcontinental Air Transport, embellished by 30 decorative vignettes showing major American cities and points of interest. On the verso is flight...


6

1895 - Rand McNally & Cos. Map of the Main Portion of New Orleans

  • $14.99

Detailed map of downtown New Orleans, from the late 19th century. The map includes an "Outline Map of New Orleans Portion Shown on Main Map in Solid Color."


7

1885 - [Union Pacific Railway Map]

  • $14.99

Fine large format map of the routes of the Union Pacific Railroad, published in May 1885 by Rand McNally & Company. The map is colored by counties and locates rail lines, stations and other details. The wide black lines locate the lines of the...


8

1892 - Railway Map of Iowa Prepared and Printed For The Secretary of State By Order of the Twenty-Fourth General Assembly. 1892

  • $21.99

Finely detailed railroad map of Iowa, published for the Iowa State Legislature by Rand McNally & Co. The map illustrates 9 color coded railroads, including: Burlington, Cedar Rapids and Northern Central Iowa Railway Illinois Central RR...


9

1885 - Indian Territory

  • $14.99

Large format detailed map of Indian Territory, showing towns, rivers, railroads, mountains, lakes, etc. Includes the various Nations, and a number of early details.


10

1903 - Rand, McNally & Co.'s Indexed County and Township Pocket Map and Shipper's Guide of Colorado (Pocket Map)

  • $14.99

Highly detailed separately issued pocket map of Colorado, showing counties, townships, towns, railroads (numbered), railway stations, rivers, lakes, etc. Includes printed covers and text.


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1908 - Rand, McNally & Co.'s Indexed County and Township Pocket Map and Shipper's Guide of Colorado (Pocket Map)

  • $14.99

Highly detailed separately issued pocket map of Colorado, showing counties, townships, towns, railroads (numbered), railway stations, rivers, lakes, etc. Includes a list of approximately 30 railroads operating in Colorado at the time.


12

1910 - The Rand-McNally New Railroad Statistical Commercial Map of Colorado 1910

  • $21.99

Rare separately issued map of Colorado, published by Rand McNally. Fine large format map on a format we have not seen in a number of years, with interesting information and illustrations below the map. Red overprinting identifies the two...


13

1923 - Guide To the Blazed Trails of Montana and Wyoming . . . [Montana, Wyoming, NW Colorado, Eastern Idaho, Northern Utah, NE Nevada] Rand McNally Offical 1923 Auto Trails Map [Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park on verso]

  • $21.99

Early Automobile Road Map Detailed map of [Montana, Wyoming, NW Colorado, Eastern Idaho, Northern Utah, NE Nevada, published by the Automobile Club and prepared fkr Kilmer & Sons of Spokane, Washington, The map is scarce -- this is the first...


14

1895 - Utah

  • $14.99

Detailed map of Utah, published in Rand McNally's Business Atlas. The map shows railroads, towns, cities mountain ranges. Includes significant progress in the General Land Office township surveys. A list of 8 railroads is shown at the top right.


15

1899 - Nevada

  • $14.99

Large format detailed map of Nevada, showing towns, rivers, railroads, mountains, lakes, etc. Beautifully colored with many statistics. From Rand Mc Nally & Co's Business Atlas.


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1902 - Arizona

  • $14.99

Large format detailed map of Nevada, published by George Cram. The map shows towns, rivers, railroads, mountains, lakes, etc.