Withers, James Harlan

1947

Humorous map of Texas from a Texan perspective

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

DESCRIPTION: Scarce original blue-line, politically incorrect, map of the state of Texas from the 'humorously' distorted perspective of a Texan looking outward at the rest of the country. Believed to be the earliest recorded version of later similar 'humorous' maps of Texas inspired by Wither's design. Only one holding is found online, at the University of Texas, Arlington, where it is described:
Map shows distortion of boundaries of the state of Texas in comparison to its U.S. neighbors with humorous bragging and derogatory relabeling. Relief shown by hachures. (Source: https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth252139/)


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. Predates by two years the derivative but substantially different "A Texan's Map of the United States" by Frank Oliver published in 1949 for TexOak flooring.

The blue-line, or diazo process is a chemical method of document reproduction that fell out of use in the early 2000's.

CREATOR: Withers, James Harlan

PUBLICATION DATE: 1947

GEOGRAPHIC AREA: United States

BODY OF WATER: San Bernard River

CONDITION:   Blue-line printed. Folded, not flattened.

COLORING: None

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SIZE: 24 " x 15 "

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PRICE: $700


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