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Old Oregon Trail.
Issued 1948 by Irvin Shope. (no imprint location).
Pictorial cartoon style mid-20th century old color lithographed map. Key below title identifies 14 different key routes across the country, including the Pony Express. Large vignette scene of Fort Laramie across the bottom, map set within ornamental multi-colored geometric border.
Light uniform paper age toning, overall waviness to sheet, faint light old damp staining across bottom edge, remaining clean - a pleasing visual example of this delightful map. Apparently also re-issued in 1959, this appears to be the First issue.
Sheet measures c. 17" x 24 3/4".
Printed area measures c. 16" x 24 1/4
Tooley's Dictionary of Mapmakers, not listed (but should be, given he created other Western themed maps for schools as well).
[Irvin "Shorty" Shope (Boulder, MT 1900 - 1978 Helena, MT)]. Shope was a charter member of the Cowboy Artists of America.