Rand McNally Standard Map of Africa
Rand McNally & Company, still a major name in map publishing to this day, began as a small print shop opened in Chicago in 1856 by William H. Rand. The shop originally printed guidebooks and directories. In 1858 Rand hired Andrew McNally, who was later to become a partner. Within the next few years the shop got into the railroad business by starting to print railway tickets and schedules, a key step in the development of the company. The ticket printing led to the publishing of railway guides, and by 1872 Rand McNally and Company had the capacity to publish maps. This double-page map of Africa was published in Rand McNally’s “Commercial Atlas,” which was a highly successful run of atlases that lasted over a decade. These atlases were primarily used by business because of their accurate listing of railroads in operation as well as tables of statistical information.
Size: 19 x 25.5 inches
Condition: Very Good
Map Maker: Rand McNally
Coloring: Printed Color