United System Map from 1959

Old Jul 27, 19, 4:59 pm
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United System Map from 1959

I would like to find a new home for this United System Map from 1959. Preferably in a place that the public can see it. Failing that if there is a private collector they can have it - just arrange to pay for the shipping and a good beer. It is in pristine condition. My mother tucked it way some 60 years after flying from Washington DC to San Fransisco on a DC 3. Along the way there was turbulence and many puking passengers. She and others sitting in the back did not mind the bouncing around.

The hand drawn pen and ink is not included it is only for background purposes.


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Old Jul 27, 19, 10:19 pm
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Have you contacted the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum?
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Old Jul 27, 19, 11:13 pm
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I've done research at the Smithsonian NASM archives before, back when boxes of airline documents and other "airline ephemera" were stored in an aluminum-sided building in Maryland. I believe most if not all of the collection has relocated to Udvar-Hazy in Virginia. Call them and arrange for a donation. (703) 572-4045

p.s. That is a beautiful drawing!

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Old Jul 28, 19, 2:29 am
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The Smithsonian has way too many things. They display only a small fraction of what they have, like 2%. Consider the Museum of Flight (Seattle) or the library museum at San Francisco International Airport.
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Old Jul 28, 19, 7:07 am
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Originally Posted by Toshbaf View Post
The Smithsonian has way too many things. They display only a small fraction of what they have, like 2%. Consider the Museum of Flight (Seattle) or the library museum at San Francisco International Airport.
agree on the sfo museum
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Museum of Science and Industry in hometown Chicago- they can place it next to the vintage 727 that people can walk through.
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Any chance you can scan & upload the inside of the map?
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Old Jul 28, 19, 9:07 am
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Originally Posted by narvik View Post
Any chance you can scan & upload the inside of the map?


Would love to see it.
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Old Jul 28, 19, 12:09 pm
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Thanks for the suggestions I will try to follow up and let you all know where it lands. In the mean time attached are images of the map. IIRC my mother flew from DC->ORD->SFO->REN




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Old Jul 28, 19, 12:45 pm
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Originally Posted by FlyingUnderTheRadar View Post
Thanks for the suggestions I will try to follow up and let you all know where it lands. In the mean time attached are images of the map. IIRC my mother flew from DC->KC->DEN->SFO
AWESOME! Thanks.
Not many southern States on those routes!
Amazing to think that there were likely only 49 States when this was printed!
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Old Jul 28, 19, 2:34 pm
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Not many southern States on those routes!
At that time there was a small regional airline known as Delta flying those southern routes.
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PMUA was one of the Big Four "trunk" carriers with AA, TW, and EA whose main mission was coast-to-coast service. These "trunks" followed the traditional transcontinental railroad routes through Chicago or St. Louis and to a smaller extent New Orleans. UA was mainly a northern tier carrier whereas TW and EA operated more southerly routes. Most of us have forgotten the regulated time when airlines had to petition the CAB to add a route or offer a sale -- and which they were often denied -- so each airline had more or less a defined role in the overall national network. As a region, the south including Texas was mostly located away from the trunks, and pax had to rely on interlining with regional and local carriers such as DL, National, and Capital (IATA code was CA). But the south's special cultural background had in itself a de facto capital in Atlanta, and its central position helped make DL a regional powerhouse that would result in profound changes for the industry after deregulation.
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Old Jul 28, 19, 2:56 pm
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The Airline History Museum in Kansas City is always looking for artifacts like this.

https://www.airlinehistory.org/
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Old Sep 13, 19, 9:38 am
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A followup, I did try various places and they either already had a copy or two of the map or I did not hear back. As such, an avid FT member who expressed interest in the map now has it with plans to display it in their office. Thanks again for all the suggestions.
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Old Sep 13, 19, 11:23 am
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Originally Posted by narvik View Post
AWESOME! Thanks.
Not many southern States on those routes!
Amazing to think that there were likely only 49 States when this was printed!
The UA merger with Capital Airlines in 1961 provided them with their initial routes in the South.

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