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1911 AUTOMOBILE ROUTE BOOK, Compliments of The People's Bridge Company, Iron Bridge Built to Reduce Tolls. This is an undated 26 page booklet that is believed to be circa 1911 as it mentions the Sproul Highway Act passed in 1911. This small booklet contains nothing but mile by mile written instructions on routes from Harrisburg to other towns in the south central part of Pennsylvania, Gettysburg, Chambersburg, Allentown, Carlisle, Reading, York. So, it was apparently issued as advertisement for a toll bridge built by the company at Harrisburg which crossed the Susquehanna River at Walnut Street. The toll rates are listed at the bottom of the front cover. There are no maps, but some (unintentionally) funny descriptions. "19.2 (i.e. mile) Toll gate, pay 42 cents for touring car and get coupons." "Poor to fair dirt roads... through beautiful woodlands with magnificent views. To be avoided in wet weather." "The Hotels in Gettysburg have taken no active interest in good roads. Incidentally, Mathews, at 137 Washington street (American Union 'Phone) gives excellent meals on two or three hours' notice. (This is not an advertisement.)" In the early days, some books such as this one did not include maps on the assumption that providing written direction was more important because there were no road signs. Also, the booklets were probably cheaper to print. Route directions on pages 4-5 , and 6-7 are shown here. Size: 8 x 5 inches. 2345

1911 THE AUTOMOBILE OFFICIAL 1911 BLUE BOOK, Volume 3 New Jersey - Pennsylvania and South East. Published by the Automobile Blue Book Publishing Co. New York. This 875 page book is slightly larger than the 1910 edition but with the same format. Driving directions for hundreds of routes are included interspersed with small maps and ads. Route 521 from Bedford to Pittsburgh is described on pages 504-505 , 506-507 , 508-509 , along with small street maps of Johnstown and Greensburg. The front has a routing map, shown at left, and in the back is a fold out 10 x 17 inch General Index Map . The verso of this index map shows the routes covered to the south, now going all the way to Florida. Size: 9.25 x 5.5 inches. 3330
1911 ROUTE BOOK THE AUTOMOBILE CLUB OF PHILADELPHIA 1911, prepared and published by the Automobile Club of Philadelphia, N. W. Cor. Broad and Locust Sts., Philadelphia. This 370 page book has detailed driving instructions on over 300 routes throughout the northeast. In the front are two foldout double page maps of eastern and western Pennsylvania. There are several pages listing all the club members in very small type (it was a large club) and about 30 pages of city street maps such as these on pages 44-45 , The bulk of the book consists of pages of route directions such as pages 140-141 , with routes from Mt. Pocono to Philadelphia and Philadelphia to Wilkes-Barre. Size: 10 x 5 inches. 2382
1911 STRIP MAPS OF THE "DIXIE TRAIL", NEW YORK-PHILADELPHIA-GETTYSBURG SHENANDOAH VALLEY-CHARLOTTE ATLANTA-JACKSONVILLE. Published by American Automobile Association, 437 Fifth Avenue, New York. This is a 112 page booklet with strip maps of the route mentioned. There is no overall route map, but ads throughout and a description of the "Glidden" tour, a reliability race with a trophy and prizes awarded. 1911 was the eighth race and this booklet was probably part of the handout for race participants so they would know the route they were expected to follow. Pages 40-41 shown at left has the York - Gettysburg leg through south central Pennsylvania. A lesson on how to find north is given for those truly lost. All the route directions are on the map, shown here in a better view, and maps for all the other legs are similar. Size: 10.5 x 4.5 inches.
1912 ROUTE BOOK THE AUTOMOBILE CLUB OF PHILADELPHIA 1912, published by the Automobile Club of Philadelphia, 2222-2224 Market Street, Philadelphia. Prepared by the Touring Information Committee, W.O. Griffith, Chairman and W. West Randall. Randall is the same chap whose name appears as a preparer on the League of American Wheelmen cyclist guides. This book has 420 pages and is larger with more routes than the 1911 edition above, but the layout is much the same. The maps of eastern and western Pennsylvania and the town maps are identical to those in the previous edition and can be seen above. New for this edtion is a map of the Philadelphia area, shown at left. The bulk of the book are route descriptions similar to the previous edition, such as on pages 158-159 with routes from Lebanon to Downingtown, and Easton to Reading. Size: 10 x 5 inches. 2398
1912 THE AUTOMOBILE OFFICIAL 1912 BLUE BOOK , Volume 3 New Jersey - Pennsylvania and South East. Published by the Automobile Blue Book Publishing Co. New York. This 835 page book is filled with route directions, maps, and ads. The General Index Map and Routing Map are almost identical to those in the 1911 edition above. Route 521 from Bedford to Pittsburgh is shown here on pages 450-451 , 452-453 , 454-455 . The text description is essentially identical to that in the 1911 edition, but the page layout has changed. With this edition, a fifth volume was added to increase coverage in the west, and this is illustrated by a map . Size: 9.25 x 5.5 inches. 3217
1912 KING'S OFFICIAL ROUTE GUIDE A Touring Guide to the best and most reliable routes in the states of Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, North Western Pennsylvania, New York State and the Province of Ontario, Canada. Through Routes of Iowa, Minnesota, and Kentucky. Published by Sidney J. King, 626-636 South Clark Street, Chicago. Copyright 1912 by Sidney J. King. Fred Klein Co. Printers, Chicago. The cover is indistinct and the title page is clearer. This colossal 1375 page tome is an imitation of the Blue Books except here the paper is tinged red. According to the text, these guides began in 1903, just a couple years after the Blue Books. As the title suggests, it covers mostly the Midwest with just a few dips into Pennsylvania. One of them on pages 924-925 describes the route from Cleveland to Pittsburgh. There are a few pages of route maps in the front, none show much of Pennsylvania. Folded into an envelope in the back is a 16 x 24 inch map titled KING'S OFFICIAL ROUTE GUIDE, and shown at left. Curiously, this map is from the American Automobile Association (AAA) who also took an interest in the Blue Books. Perhaps they were trying to foster competition. Size: 9.5 x 5.5 inches. 3387
1913 THE OFFICIAL AUTOMOBILE BLUE BOOK 1913 VOLUME 3 NEW JERSEY-PENNSYLVANIA AND SOUTH EAST.Copyright 1913 by the Automobile Blue Book Publishing Co. This edition has about 880 pages. The Routing Map is very similar to those in previous editions, however the General Index Map is somewhat larger at about 11 x 19 inches, the western part is shown here. Route 541 from Pittsburgh to Erie is shown on pages 460-461 , 462-463 (a map of Pittsburgh), 464-465 , 466 , 467 . This can be compared to a description of the same route in the 1906 edition which is not the same. The routing is reversed and the total milage is different. With this edition the Blue Book coverage considerably expanded as illustrated by this map . Size: 9.25 x 5.5 inches. 3500
1913 MENDENHALL'S GUIDE AND ROAD MAP OF PENNSYLVANIA WITH DISTRICT MAPS, Copyright 1913 by C.S. Mendenhall. This 28 page booklet is very nearly the same as the previous 1909 edition. Although it carries a new copyright, the text is the same as this first page shows. However, small one page area maps have been added to the booklet. The two shown are of the Easton and Lancaster area, but there appear to have been more now missing from this copy. The large 38 x 28 inch folded map in the back, shown at left, appears very similar to the previous edition although it has the new copyright date. It has insets of Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Erie, Harrisburg, Scranton, and Reading. The main routes with Mendenhall's route numbers are marked in red. Note the stamp on the cover saying the map was sold by the Retail Dept. of Rand McNally. Note also the price of 75 cents is the same as the 1909 edition. Size: 7.5 x 4.75 inches. 445
1914 THE OFFICIAL AUTOMOBILE BLUE BOOK 1914, VOLUME 3 NEW JERSEY-PENNSYLVANIA AND SOUTH EAST. Published with the exclusive official endorsement of the American Automobile Association By The Automobile Blue Book Publishing Company. This edition has over 1000 pages with more routes especially in the south. The Routing Map is similar to the previous edition, as is the General Index Map with the eastern part shown here. The route from Bedford to Pittsburgh is described on pages 502-503 , 504-505 . This can be compared with the same description in the 1912 edition which is different. The route number has changed, the milage is slightly different, but some of the text remains the same. In the back is a foldout sheet containing several maps at different scales of the New York City area. The nationwide coverage map is unchanged from the previous edition. Size: 9.25 x 5.5 inches. 3215
1915 PENNSYLVANIA EAST DELAWARE AND MARYLAND GOODRICH ROUTE BOOK. Copyright 1915 The B.F. Goodrich Company, Akron, Ohio. This 96 page route book has an index map at the front, shown at left. The 91 routes inside are illustrated by pages 4-5 , 6-7 , which show Route 1 from Philadelphia to Gettyburg and most of Route 2, the return route. The Philadelphia map is dated 1912 and the others 1913. The description includes text, a strip map, and sometimes as here, a city street map. The back cover has a list of route books available. Curiously, the guide for Western Pennsylvania is not listed, though available and shown below. Goodrich installed route signs on some roads (see 1910) and a sign is shown on the cover. Size: 9.25 x 5 inches. 2036
1915 PENNSYLVANIA WEST GOODRICH ROUTE BOOK. Copyright 1915 The B.F. Goodrich Company, Akron, Ohio. This 80 page booklet is the companion to the one above and contains 81 routes. The index map is shown at left. Route 1 - Pittsburgh to Bedford, Route 2 - the return, and Route 3 - Bedford to Gettysburg, are shown on pages 6-7 , 8-9 . The maps here are dated 1914 and 1915, so this must be the first year for this book. The routes are all similiarly described with strip maps, text, and an occasional city street map. The Bedford to Pittsburgh route can be compared to the same one described in some of the Blue Books here. Size: 9.25 x 5 inches. 2109
1915 AUTOMOBILE TRIPS AND SIGHT-SEEING GUIDE, Published by American Taxicab Co. 1411-13 Locust Street Philadelphia, Penna. Copyright 1915 by Camille Gemehl. This 64 page booklet appears made for both information and advertising; in addition to the cab company, there are other ads throughout. In the back is the folded 7.5 x 11 pinkish map of Pennsylvania shown at left. This map further unfolds to an 11 x 17 inch map of the United States. In the front is a 17 x 9 inch map of central Philadelphia, however the verso is more interesting, combining a schematic map of downtown with cab rates. One can even arranged cabs for a funeral as shown by this photo . City sight-seeing information and lists of hospitals, schools, hotels, etc. are given. There is also a list of ferries and shipping lines. The last 20 pages contain written directions for 28 routes between points in the east. Size: 9 x 6 inches. 3401
1916 PENNSYLVANIA EAST DELAWARE AND MARYLAND GOODRICH ROUTE BOOK. Copyright 1915, 1916 The B.F. Goodrich Company, Akron, Ohio. This 96 page route book is almost identical to the 1915 edition above. Route 85 from Philadelphia to Trenton is shown here at left. The Trenton map is dated 1913. Size: 9.25 x 5 inches. 2106
1916 PENNSYLVANIA WEST GOODRICH ROUTE BOOK. Copyright 1915, 1916 The B.F. Goodrich Company, Akron, Ohio. In this edition of the West book the number of pages has increased to 88 and the number of routes to 91. The index map and the Pittsburgh to Bedford route are identical to the previous edition; so Routes 7 and 8 between Beaver Falls and Pittsburgh are shown here at left. The strip map is dated 1916, so was created new for this edition. The map of Beaver Falls is dated 1913. Size: 9.25 x 5 inches. 2110
1916 THE NATIONAL ROAD, Most historic Thoroughfare in the United States, and eastern division of the National Old Trails Ocean-toOcean Highway, By Robert Bruce. Published in co-operation with National Highways Association. This 94 page book combines history and sight-seeing, and is more serious, or scholarly, than other items here. There are many black & white maps and photos throughout. Pages 4-5, shown at left, have 4 strip maps showing the highway layout and elevation from Baltimore to Wheeling. The first chapter is a general history. Chapters 2 to 5 cover the route through Maryland. Chapter 6 covers the route from the state line to Uniontown and is shown here on pages 56-57 , 58-59 , 60-61 , 62-63 , 64-65 , 66 . Chapter 7 covers the route to Washington (PA) and Chapter 8 from there to Wheeling. Eventually the National Road reached Vandalia in Illinois. Chapter 9 is a sight-seeing guide of the Baltimore - Washington (DC) area. Bruce also published Gettysburg for the motorist, and The Lincoln Highway in Pennsylvania (see below). Size: 11 x 8 inches. 3391
1916 THE OFFICIAL AUTOMOBILE BLUE BOOK Touring Information for Year 1916 Volume 3, NEW JERSEY - PENNSYLVANIA AND SOUTH EAST. Published with the exclusive official endorsement of the American Automobile Association By The Automobile Blue Book Publishing Company. This book has 1060 pages of maps, route directions and ads. The Routing Map is similar to the edition above, however the General Index Map is larger at about 19 x 17.5 inches and only the western part is shown here. The verso of this map has several maps of the New York City area. As before, the bulk of the book consists of route descriptions with the route from Lancaster to Lebanon described on page 272 . This page is followed by a colorful Gulf ad and on the follow pages is a Pennsylvania map similar to those on Gulf road maps. About this time Gulf began distributing free road maps which referred to Blue Book routes (see the article The Early Gulf Road Maps of Pennsylvania ). Pages 523-640 are devoted to Pilot Maps, with the coverage shown on a Key Map ; the Lancaster area is shown on Pilot Map 22 . Note that the pages are no longer tinted blue. Size: 9.25 x 5.5 inches. 3403
1916 GOODRICH ROUTE CHICAGO TO NEW YORK SHORT - CUT. Copyright 1916, The B.F. Goodrich Co. Issued Nov. 1916. This little booklet differs from the Goodrich Route Books shown elsewhere here; it has no real cover and only 12 pages. Also, it is printed on cheap paper as the images from this copy show. The route is shown on a small 1 x 4 inch strip map on the bottom of the first page (partially missing on this copy), as shown at far left. A portion of the route through Pennsylvania on pages 8-9 is also shown at left. The Philadelphia map looks abstracted from a route book map. Size: 9.25 x 5 inches. 3451
1917 OFFICIAL AUTOMOBILE BLUE BOOK, VOL. 3 1917, N. J., PENN., MD., DEL., D. C., & W. VA. Copyright 1917 by The Automobile Blue Book Publishing Co., New York. This thick 960 page book contains maps, route directions, and ads, as well as this advice on how to use the it. In the front is a 19 x 17.5 inch fold-out General Index Map, shown at left. On its verso is a Route Chart and three smaller maps of the New York City area. The bulk of the pages are route directions, such as pages 552-553 describing routes from Titusville with a town street map. Pages 831-946 are a set of detailed local maps on a grid system covering the region between New York City and Washington, D.C., with this example of the West Chester area on pages 884-885 . There is a fold-out map of New England attached to the back cover which is actually an ad from a hotel association. Size: 9.5 x 5.5 inches. 322
1917 PENNSYLVANIA EAST DELAWARE AND MARYLAND GOODRICH TOUR BOOK. Copyright 1917 The B.F. Goodrich Rubber Company, Akron, Ohio. The typeface on the cover has changed on this 96 page edition, "route book" has become "tour book," but the content is identical to the1915 and 1916 editions above. Routes 63 between Scranton - Wilkes-Barre and Route 64 from Wilkes-Barre to the Delaware Water Gap are shown here at left. The Delaware Water Gap was a popular vacation and sight-seeing spot then, and still is today. The Scranton map is dated 1914 and the Wilkes-Barre map 1915. Size: 9.25 x 5 inches. 2086
1917 PENNSYLVANIA WEST GOODRICH TOUR BOOK. Copyright 1917 The B.F. Goodrich Rubber Company, Akron, Ohio. In this 1917 edition of the West book the cover has changed as in the East book above. Also, the number of pages has increased to 96 and the number of routes to 98 from previous editions. The index map, shown at left, has changed slightly to show some of the new routes. The routes illustrated in the previous editions above have not changed, so here Routes 65 and 66 between Harrisburg and Altoona on pages 66-67 are shown. Both maps on these pages appear dated 1913. Size: 9.25 x 5 inches. 3349
1917 THE ASSOCIATED TOURS GUIDE SEASON 1917. Published by The Automobile Club of America, Fifty-fourth Street, West of Broadway, New York. This 64 page tour guide has the appearance of a modern road atlas with its quarto size and colorful paperback cover. Pages 4-5 include the Table of Contents and give an idea of the scope. The most familiar tour to old road book doyens is probably the Ideal Tour through New England, which was heavily advertised with its own booklets. The tour that includes most of Pennsylvania is the New York-Chicago Tour described for the 1919 edition below. The Capitol Tour, shown in the map at left, is described on pages 35 , 36 of this guide, and includes southeastern Pennsylvania. There are many city street maps interspersed throughout the guide and several pages of them at the end. Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, and Erie are included. Size: 11 x 8 inches. 3048
1918 MENDENHALL'S GUIDE AND ROAD MAP OF PENNSYLVANIA WITH DISTRICT MAPS, C.S. Mendenhall, Map Publisher, Cincinnati. The first page of this booklet is copyright 1918 by Mendenhall as is the large foldout 28 x 40 inch map in the back. Most of the pages in this copy are missing, but it apparently contained the small maps shown for the 1913 edition above. One remaining page has this list of local maps. The large map is completely changed from the previous edition, so probably the booklet text changed also. A map of Pennsylvania is on one side, and city maps on the verso including Philadelphia, Pittsburgh (2 maps), Harrisburg, and Reading. There is a stamp on the cover from a store in Chester. Size: 7.5 x 4.75 inches. 2113
1918 OFFICIAL AUTOMOBILE BLUE BOOK, VOL. 3 1918, NJ., PA., MD., DEL., D. C., VA. & W. VA., Copyright 1918 by The Automobile Blue Book Pub. Co. This edition has 1026 pages of maps, ads and route directions. In the front is a 19 x 17.5 inch fold-out General Index Map, with the eastern section shown at left. On its verso is a route chart and smaller maps of the New York City area similar to previous editions. A sample of the route directions is shown by pages 650-651 with a route from Dubois to Pittsburgh. Pages 16 to 27 are two page maps showing major routes such as this eastern map , these maps resemble the free road maps that Gulf had started giving away. Pages 896-1010 are a set of detailed local maps similar to examples shown in previous editions. Size: 9.25 x 5.5 inches. 4010
1918 PENNSYLVANIA WEST GOODRICH TOUR BOOK. Copyright 1918 The B.F. Goodrich Rubber Company, Akron, Ohio. This 1918 edition of the Goodrich West book has a new cover and is made of paper tinted green. The index map, shown at left, has also changed just slightly, but all else is the same as the 1917 edition. The number of pages is still 96 with 98 routes and all the route descriptions are the same. So here, Route 60 between Meadville and Dubois is illustrated from pages 60-61 . The Meadville map is dated 1914. Size: 9.25 x 5 inches. 3133
1918 RAND-MCNALLY OFFICIAL AUTO TRAILS MAP DISTRICT NO. 4, N. E. OHIO, S. E. MICHIGAN, WESTERN NEW YORK, WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA. A Guide to the Blazed Trails. Copyright 1918 by Rand McNally & Co. Chicago. Rand McNally began these booklets in 1917 with coverage of the midwest around Chicago. They sent out crews, and elicited the help of auto clubs, to mark routes with signs called "trail markings." The next year coverage was expanded to include Pennsylvania. Rand McNally used district coverage, and unfortunately Pennsylvania was cut up so no one booklet covers the whole state. The booklets have large foldout maps attached to the back, shown here at left, while the pages contained city street maps, ads, and garage locations; but no written route directions. The idea was that the "trail markings" and the map would be all a motorist needed. This 22 x 28 inch map covers the western part of the state east to about Lewistown and south almost, but not quite, to the state line. The "trails" are shown in heavy line and secondary routes in lighter line, some rail lines are also indicated. The 36 page booklet lists towns alphabetically and pages 26-27 with maps of Pittsburgh are shown here. Size: 7.5 x 4.5 inches. 428
1918 RAND-MCNALLY OFFICIAL AUTO TRAILS MAP DISTRICT NO. 5, NEW YORK, NORTHERN PENNSYLVANIA, WESTERN NEW ENGLAND. A Guide to the Blazed Trails. Copyright 1918 by Rand McNally & Co. Chicago. This booklet has 44 pages of city maps, ads, hotel and garage listings, and is similar to the one above. Attached to the back is the 28 x 22 inch map shown at left. Pennsylvania is covered from Philipsburg north and east to the state line. Main routes have "trail markings" and secondary routes are also shown. The booklet is organized alphabetically and pages 34-35 with a map of Scranton are shown here. Size: 7.5 x 4.5 inches. 2118
1918 RAND-MCNALLY OFFICIAL AUTO TRAILS MAP DISTRICT NO. 7, S. E. PENNSYLVANIA DELAWARE NEW JERSEY E. VIRGINIA MARYLAND. A Guide to the Blazed Trails. Copyright 1918 by Rand McNally & Co. Chicago. This booklet has 28 pages and is similar to the ones above. Attached to the back is the 28 x 22 inch map shown at left. Pennsylvania is covered from about Bellefonte east and south to the border. The front of the booklet, pages 2-3 , has a "how to use" section and a map of Allentown. Size: 7.5 x 4.5 inches. 3345
1919 THE ALA GREEN BOOK, Automobile Routes and Maps 1919. Official Route Book of the American Legal Association. Copyright 1919 William A. Thibodeau. Those who think advertising by lawyers is a recent phenomenon have never seen these Green Books; and fortunately they are not tinted green. This is a 380 page book with written directions for 414 routes as identified on the two page route chart shown at left. As can be seen, most of the routes are in New England. There are also several pages of small and simplistic city street maps, only Philadelphia in Pennsylvania is included. An example of the directions is shown by the Bedford to Pittsburgh route on pages 328-329 . There is some detail, but not as much as given by the Blue Books. In the back is a summary of state motor laws as might be expected of a publication from a legal outfit. Size: 9.5 x 8 inches. 2101
1919 AUTOMOBILE ROUTE BOOK AND GUIDE OF PENNSYLVANIA, Lancaster Rubber Company, 152 East King Street (Lincoln Highway) Lancaster, Penna. Compiled and Published by the Automobile Directory Company of Pennsylvania, Lancaster, Penna. This undated 260 page paperback book has written route directions and one large 24 x 48 inch map folded into and attached to the back cover, and shown at left. The map is titled PENNSYLVANIA AUTOMOBILE ROAD MAP Showing All Towns in Pennsylvania and Routs (sic) Thereto, Published by the Merit Publishing Company, Lancaster, Penna. F.H. Shaw C.E. Copyright 1919. Major routes are shown in heavy black line and other routes in lighter line. Several pages of the book list all the towns in the state, even the smallest; then follow pages of route directions such as illustrated here by pages 114-115 . Size: 9 x 6 inches. 3070
1919 1919 ASSOCIATED TOURS GUIDE, published by The Automobile Club of America, Fifty-fourth Street, New York. This 56 page tour guide is a later edition of the 1917 guide shown above and lists 14 tours, most in the northeast. The New Jersey and Capitol Tours include a small slice of eastern Pennsylvania. However, the major tour including the state is the New York-Chicago Tour illustrated on the map at left and described on pages 24-25 , 26-27 , 28-29 . There are no route directions, just the names of towns to go through and the distance between them. Street maps are provided for the major cities. Size: 11.5 x 8.5 inches. 3465
1919 RAND MCNALLY OFFICIAL 1919 AUTO TRAILS MAP DISTRICT NO. 5 NEW YORK NORTHERN PENNSYLVANIA. A Guide to the Blazed Trails. Copyright 1919, by Rand McNally & Co. Chicago. This booklet has 28 pages, fewer than the 1918 edition, and has been reorganized with pages 10-11 having a map of Easton. There are now 10 auto trails booklets covering a swath of the northeast and midwest at shown on the map at left. Pennsylvania is covered by Districts 4, 5, 7. The accompanying 22 x 28 inch map has changed with 92 named trails listed. The section showing most of Pennsylvania is shown here . The area south to Allentown and west to Lock Haven is covered. The names of hotels and garages are printed in red. Size: 7.5 x 4.25 inches. 3261
1919 RAND-MCNALLY OFFICIAL AUTO TRAILS MAP DISTRICT NO. 7 S.E. PENNSYLVANIA DELAWARE NEW JERSEY E. VIRGINIA MARYLAND. A Guide to the Blazed Trails. Copyright 1919 by Rand McNally & Co. Chicago. This booklet has 24 pages, slightly fewer than the 1918 edition. Maps of Harrisburg and Lancaster are shown on pages 12-13 . Maps of Allentown, Easton, Philadelphia, and Reading are also included. The folded 34 x 26 inch map has 86 named trails and also has an inset map of Long Island. Pennsylvania is covered from Bellefonte east and south to the borders, as shown in the image at left. For some reason, this copy cost 50 cents, twice the cost of the one above. Size: 7.5 x 4.25 inches. 3272
1920 THE LINCOLN HIGHWAY IN PENNSYLVANIA, Old Philadelphia-Pittsburgh Pike, or Pennsylvania State Road, incorporating the Lancaster Turnpike and part of the route of the Forbes Road. By Robert Bruce. Published in co-operation with American Automobile Association, National Highways Association. Copyright 1920 by Robert Bruce. This 104 page book is similar to the 1916 book shown above that Bruce wrote on the National Road. The first chapter is a combination history and guide of Philadelphia and the origins of the Lincoln Highway in Pennsylvania which knit together several routes with other names as shown in the book title. Chapter II begins the description of the road from Philadelphia to Lancaster. Chapter III covers the road from the red rose (Lancaster) to the white rose (York) and is shown here in pages 41 , 42-43 , 44-45 , 46-47 , 48-49 , 50-51 , 52-53 , 54 . Pages 48-51 include a set of strip maps showing the whole route. Chapter IV covers York to Gettysburg, Chapter V covers Gettysburg to Chambersburg, Chapter VI covers Chambersburg to Bedford, Chapter VII covers Bedford to Greensburg, Chapter VIII covers Greensburg to Pittsburgh. The text includes black & white maps and photos throughout. The Lincoln Highway was the first coast-to-coast highway and eventually ended in San Francisco. As this book shows, it was famous from the start. Bruce also published Gettysburg for the motorist, and The National Road (see above), Size: 11 x 8 inches. 3382
1920 AUTO ROUTE ATLAS OF NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK, PENNSYLVANIA AND THE SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND STATES, C.S. Hammond & Co. New York. This is a 16 page road atlas of unknown date and contains the two page 11 x 18 inch Pennsylvania map shown at left. This map has a note at the bottom with 'Hammond's Complete Map of Pennsylvania,' a designation that first appeared on Hammond's standard atlas maps around 1912. In addition, the auto routes are indicated on the map by a red overlay to a standard map; and this is true for all the other maps in the atlas. So, this atlas is dated circa 1920 here, although it may date somewhat later (or earlier); and may originally have been a magazine or newspaper insert. This is a true atlas, with no text at all. The location for the photo on the cover is not identified, but appears to be a resort hotel along a lake. Size: 13.25 x 10.25 inches. 3436
1920 OFFICIAL AUTOMOBILE BLUE BOOK, VOL, 3 1920 N.J., PA., MD.,DEL., VA., W.VA., D.C.., Copyright 1920 by The Automobile Blue Book Pub. Co. This edition has 1116 pages. The General Index Map took a jump in size to 27 x 24 inches and is shown at left. The maps on the verso of the New York City area are correspondingly larger. A series of two page maps in the front show major routes, such as pages 26-27 . The route directions from Bedford to Pittsburgh on pages 536-537 , 538-539 ,can be compared to similar directions in previous editions above. By this time the Blue Books covered the entire country as shown by this map . Size: 9.5 x 5.25 inches. 4017
1920 OFFICIAL AUTOMOBILE TOUR BOOK 1920 AAA NEW YORK - PENNSYLVANIA - NEW ENGLAND AND POINTS IN ADJACENT STATES AND CANADA. Published by The Automobile Club of Buffalo, Compiled by Dai H. Lewis. This is a 656 page tour book published by a local club affiliated with AAA, as many clubs were back then. As might be expected, most of the routes are centered around Buffalo, with a few for Pennsylvania. There is a large folded General Index Map in the back showing only New England. The book has few maps, and most of those for New York. A Gettysburg route map is illustrated at left, about the only one for Pennsylvania. This map appears to be taken from another publication and is copyright 1919 by Geo. D. Proud, Philadelphia. Most of the pages have route directions shown here by pages 376-377 , 378-379 , with the route between Gettysburg and Pittsburgh through Bedford. This Bedford - Pittsburgh route can be compared to the description in other road books above. According to the AAA website, the first tour books were published by the national AAA in 1926, prior books came from local clubs, like this one. Size: 9.5 x 6 inches. 3346
1920 RAND-MCNALLY OFFICIAL AUTO TRAILS MAP DISTRICT NO. 4 E. OHIO W. PENNSYLVANIA S. E. MICHIGAN S. ONTARIO W. NEW YORK. Copyright 1920 by Rand McNally & Co. For this 1920 edition Rand McNally used a pictorial cover and expanded the booklet slightly to 38 pages. A map of New Castle appears on pages 28-29 . Maps of Butler, Erie, Oil City, Pittsburgh, and Warren are also included. The 28 x 22 inch map in back has 93 numbered trails and most of the Pennsylvania portion is shown at left. As shown by this map , coverage has increased to included Minnesota. The coverage of Pennsylvania has also changed; now District 7 covers almost all the state, while District 5 has been reduced to cover just a strip along the north. Pennsylvania is now effectively covered by just Districts 4, 7. The booklet price is now 35 cents. Size: 7.5 x 4.25 inches. 2205
1920 RAND-MCNALLY OFFICIAL AUTO TRAILS MAP DISTRICT NO. 5 NEW YORK NORTHERN PENNSYLVANIA. Copyright 1920 by Rand McNally & Co. This booklet has 40 pages, more than the previous edition and all devoted to increased coverage of New York. The only Pennsylvania map is one of Warren on page 38 . The large 28 x 22 inch map in the back now includes only a strip of the state along the north as shown at left. Size: 7.5 x 4.25 inches. 2371

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