American Promotional Road Mapping in the Twentieth Century
Author: Akerman, James R.
Source: Cartography and Geographic Information Science, Volume 29, Number 3, July 2002 , pp. 175-192(18)
Abstract:This paper sketches the broad outlines of the practices of map publishers, industrial concerns, motor clubs, and state governments to convince Americans to become motoring tourists and, hence, to consume the goods, services, and landscapes these interests wished to promote. Their efforts were rooted in the promotional mapping of American railroads during the nineteenth century and in bicycle mapping. Yet, the particular demands of automobile travel, including long-distance navigation under the control ofthe travelers themselves, argues for an almost unique dependence on maps, which in turn gave road maps considerable value as promotional tools.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 2002-07-01
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