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Road Map, Conoco Travel Bureau, H M Gousha Lithograph, Missouri, Vintage 1930's

Road Map, Conoco Travel Bureau, H M Gousha Lithograph, Missouri, Vintage 1930's

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  • Pattern:  Vintage Road Map, Conoco Inc., Travel Missouri
  • Made in USA
  • Vintage:  1930's
  • Details:  Lots of history in this map!  It is from the Conoco Travel Bureau.  Conoco Inc., was American oil and gas company that was in business from 1875 until 2002, then merged with Phillips Petroleum to form ConocoPhillips.  This map is for the state of Missouri, with historical information on populations, highways, state parks and even where Conoco gas stations were located.  The cover has a wonderful large Conoco logo and the back has advertisement for their engine oil plus "Conoco-Bronzzz" gasoline.  We couldn't find a date mark on this map, but based on census numbers provided, we dated it to the 1930's.  This map was made by H,M, Gousha, (see below for more information on this map maker).  This map is the perfect gift for a collector, whether collecting for nostalgia, a gas station collection, map makers, or memories of a visited/lived-in destination, there are many reasons to start or continue this great and relatively inexpensive hobby.  If this is your hobby, we hope this map brings you joy.  Great going away present for someone moving to or leaving the state of Missouri. 
  • Material:  Paper
  • Dimensions:  9" by 4.5" Folded
  • Condition:  Vintage - Used.  Average Condition.  This map has seen a lot of use, there are several tears along the fold lines, stains, and the paper has yellowed, more yellow than it looks on the pictures due to lighting, there is no writing or other damage.  These are all acceptable due to age/use/wear and this patina is the reason why so many people love old maps.  Please review all pictures and make sure you love this item before purchasing, we can't accept returns.  Please remember these are VINTAGE and ANTIQUE items, every effort has been made to show any scratches, wear and tear and imperfections.

H.M. Gousha Company was started by Harry Mathias Gousha. Harry was a salesman for Rand McNally but decided to leave the company in 1926 to start his own map company in Chicago, IL. The company became one of the "Big Three" major producers of road maps and atlases in the United States during the 25 years following World War II, making maps for oil companies and auto clubs and coming a very big competitor of his previous employer, Rand McNally. The company relocated to San Jose, CA in 1947. They were acquired by the Times Mirror Company in 1961, and then Simon & Schuster in 1987. Ironically being acquired by Rand McNally in 1996.

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