Mexico, D.F. Propaganda y Anuncios S.A., [circa 1939]. 4 1/8” x 12”, folded; opens to 23 7/8” x 18 3/8” (map area is 18 5/8” x 17 1/8”). Single sheet printed in multiple colors both sides. Very good: folded twice vertically, possibly as issued; some penciled notations in the margins by the large image of the hotel; a couple of tiny closed tears and one small separation at an intersection.
This is a brochure for Monterrey's Hotel Ancira which opens into large, dazzling illustrated map of Mexico which depicts a portion of the Pan-American Highway. On the other side of the sheet is a street map of Monterrey measuring 11” x 8½”.
On the large map, the Pan-American highway stops furthest north are San Antonio and Del Rio, in Texas, with the furthest south in Tehuantepec. The map contains at least 15 drawings of people dressed in traditional costume. Larger cities are denoted by drawings of buildings and mountain ranges are depicted as well. The map's legend states that locations of hotels and gasoline are noted, but we find none. That said, there is a table of distances between cities at the bottom of the sheet that contains this information as well as whether locales had telephone or telegraph service, railroads or tourist camps.
Although OCLC locates no copies, we think this is a variant of a brochure/map held by Princeton, with a title of “Mapa de Mexico y trazo de la Carretera Mexico-Laredo = Map of Mexico describing the Pan-American Highway,” whereas the offered map is untitled.
Vivid and viviacious.
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