Go…all the way!

Pawing through the road map collection here at Historic Highways, I came upon this little beauty from the 1940s. Good ol’ Sears (which had more than 600 stores at the time) handed out maps for many years. In fact, many of the stores had attached service stations that offered not only gasoline, but complete auto repair.

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This particular example has a fantastic illustration of a carefree couple on the road. The man’s tie is swept back in this exhilarating scene.

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The road map itself, is produced by Rand McNally. This image shows the desert stretch of Route 66. The tiny towns of Daggett, Ludlow, Bagdad, Amboy and Essex were a travelers’ oasis as they crossed the Mojave Desert.

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