Withers, James Harlan
1958

A Texan's Map of U.S.A.

A Texan's Map of U.S.A.

DESCRIPTION: A Texan's Map of U.S.A. A derivative edition of a classic pictorial "humorous" map with more than a whiff of the intolerance that some believe permeates the state of Texas today. Tablecloth-sized map of the United States on Indian Head cloth [1] based on a design copyrighted by J.H. Withers in 1947 and branded with the imprint of Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

Wither's distinctive design elements include a revised shape for Texas which extends to the west coast to provide Texas with a space for a "future seaport" and the appellation "damm' Yankee territory" for most of the northeast U.S.A.

The Catalog of Copyright Entries for 1947 records a copyright for "A Texan's Map of U.S.A.", held by James Harlan Withers of San Angelo, Texas. Wither's 1947 pictorial map is the earliest documented example of a genre of pictorial map with many derivative versions that begin with the fact that Texas was, at the time, the largest state in the U.S. and extend that simple premise to exaggerate the importance and quality of the state of Texas over the every other state in the U.S.A.

Early 50's date is supported by the fact that neither Alaska nor Hawaii, which both attained statehood in 1959, are mentioned on the map.

[1] Indian Head cloth was not manufactured after 1962. Indian Head Cloth Permanent Finish Sanforized stamping on a single line is associated with cloth produced from the late 1940s to early 1950s. (Source: http://info.fabrics.net/indian-head-remembered-revisiting-an-american-institution/)

CREATOR: Withers, James Harlan

PUBLICATION DATE: 1958

GEOGRAPHIC AREA: United States

BODY OF WATER: N/A

CONDITION: Very Good.  One minor spot in lower right margin, otherwise very clean. Almost perfect with little to no wear.

COLORING: Two color on cloth.

ENGRAVER: 

SIZE: 34 " x 34 "

ITEM PHYSICAL LOCATION: 0

PRICE: $500

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