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1920’s Rand McNally Special Auto Trails Map of Michigan NEVER USED - $65 (west of Ann Arbor)

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condition: excellent
make / manufacturer: Rand-McNally
model name / number: Michigan
This type of map was put out by Rand-McNally in approximately during WW I and the early 1920s. What makes this map so unique are the graphics (such as the car pictured driving through the woods) and old road numbers.

But what is really special about this “Special Auto Trails Map,” is its condition. I’m sure it has never been used in its hundred years because the paper is in beautiful shape and so are the graphics and print. I always had intention of framing it, but never did.

What’s so interesting to see is how many unpaved roads there were in Michigan back in the 20s. The road designations were quite a bit different as well. For instance, Grand River was considered Highway 16 which ran all the way from Detroit to Grand Haven, much of it unpaved. Even the paved roads were different back then, consisting of ground stone and some kind of adhesive.

Michigan roads were originally built on old Indian trails, and many of the original ones were built from planks and charged tolls. The tolls couldn’t keep up with the costs of maintenance so that job became part of the State of Michigan’s responsibility. So gravel roads were built to connect towns and cities.

The cover of this antique map measures 6 1/4 by 4 1/8 inches when folded up. Both sides have the exact same graphics. On the front borders are slight stains from oxidation and a thin, faint “93” in pencil next to the “Michigan”. The back is in really nice shape. I’ve included photos of both the back and front cover.

Unfolded, this rare road map of Michigan measures nearly 24 inches long by 15 1/2 wide. The deep blue print on high quality paper, along with the remarkable condition, makes this road map “the mother of all Michigan road maps,” and I’ve had quite a few.

The pictures will show that this is definitely a unique Michigan road map, and I’m certain you could not find one in original condition, or probably any condition. The lithography is a work of art.

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