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.


1898 - Idaho

  • $14.99

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


1910 - Railroad Commission Map of Montana 1910. . . (Case Map)

  • $29.99

Fine large format map of Montana, published by the Montana Railroad Commission and printed by Rand McNally & Co. of Chicago. Rare detailed map of Montana, colored by counties and featuring the routes (existing and proposed) of a number of early...


1930 - Yellowstone National Park Wyo. / Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park

  • $14.99

Detailed Texaco Road map covering Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park. This an early example of the major oil companies using auto touring in the National Parks as a medium for product promotin.


1884 - Wyoming

  • $14.99

Highly detailed map of Wyoming Territory, showing towns, rivers, railroads, mountains, lakes, etc. One of the earliest seperately issued maps of Wyoming to appear in a commercial atlas.


1902 - Rand McNally & Co.'s Indexed Atlas of the World Map of Wyoming

  • $14.99

Highly detailed map of Wyoming Territory showing towns, rivers, railroads, mountains, lakes, etc. A fine early map of Wyoming Territory.


1908 - Wyoming

  • $14.99

Highly detailed map of Wyoming Territory showing towns, rivers, railroads, mountains, lakes, etc. Includes a list of 9 Railroads at the top left.


1910 - Rand, McNally & Co.'s Indexed County and Railroad Map and Shipper's Guide of California . . . 1910

  • $21.99

Highly detailed separately issued pocket map of California, published by Rand McNally & Co. The map locates over 30 railroads within the state and includes a large inset of San Francisco Bay and smaller insets of San Diego and Los Angeles. Orange...


1892 - Map Showing Inyo and Part of San Bernardino Counties, Cal.

  • $9.99

Scarce regional map of San Bernardino County and part of Inyo County. Many small towns, railroads, rivers, mountains, Indian Villages,railway stations, mines, and other details are shown. One of the few detailed separate maps of the region to appear...


1950 - Rand McNally Project Relief Map of North America

  • $21.99

Fine large format map of the United States, executed by R.W. Berry and printed by Rand McNally & Company. The map is apparently very rare -- we locate only the Library of Congress copy.


1883 - British Columbia

  • $14.99

Highly detailed large format map of British Columbia from an early edition of Rand McNally's Indexed Atlas of the World. Exceptional detail. Includes towns, mountains, rivers, lakes, elevations, points, inlets, bays and many other details.


1898 - Map of Manila Harbor Compiled From the Latest Government Surveys

  • $14.99

Scarce map of Manila Harbor, published by Rand McNally in 1898.


1904 - Philippine Islands

  • $14.99

Gorgeous large plan of the Philippines, shortly after the Spanish American War. Includes a large town plan of Manilla and inset of the area Manila to Dagupan. One of the best large format maps of the region from a Commercial Atlas during this period.