- VINTAGE MAP REPRODUCTION: You’ll love this high quality historic reproduction of 1950 Map of United States System of Highways. Our museum quality prints are archival grade, which means it will look great and last without fading for over 100 years. Our print to order maps are made in the USA and each map is inspected for quality. This beautiful artwork is a perfect addition to your themed decor. Vintage maps look great in the home, study or office. They make a perfect gift as well.
- MUSEUM QUALITY: This high quality map print will be a great addition to your vintage-themed wall. Don't waste money on cheap-looking, thin paper posters. We use thick, fine art print quality matte paper. Our professional’s choice matte paper displays artwork in high detail without glare. The color is vibrant and text is easy to read. When framed, this map looks absolutely stunning.
- A LOOK BACK AT HISTORY: This is an impressive, historic reproduction of 1950 System of Highways of United States Map Poster. A true piece of history. See our product description section for more fascinating information about this historic map and its significance.
- READY TO FRAME: This print includes a 0.2 inch border for a perfect frame fit and look. Our maps are designed to fit easy-to-find standard frame sizes, saving you money from having to pay for a custom frame. Each map is inspected for quality and shipped in a rigid tube.
- HISTORIX: We love history and art. Sometimes old maps have tears, folds, separations and other blemishes. We digitally restore and enhance maps while keeping its historical character. All our maps are proudly made in the USA. Customers all over the world love our vintage maps and we know you will too.
The first designations of numbered highways in the United States began in 1926 as automobiles transformed the nation's economy, culture and shaped the future. As interstate and cross-country travel became available, the necessity for a comprehensive network of roads and highways became apparent, and plans began for the system as early as 1916. The Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1921 required three of seven roads to be interstate. This expansion opened up vast regions of the country and began a new era of travel.
Published in 1950, this map shows America in a period of great prosperity in the years following the conclusion of World War II. As GI's returned from Europe and the South Pacific, opportunities for housing in newly developed suburbs and access to major cities via highways became crucial for rebuilding the nation's economy after the Great Depression. These highways were also a direct result of the war, which created the need for high-speed military transport across the United States.
This map's minimal aesthetic and distinct character make it an authentic piece of American cartographical and automobile history that creates an indelible bond with the viewer. At the time of its publication in 1950, the highway system had become one of the most iconic features of America. Route 66 became synonymous with American travel and wanderlust throughout the West from its inception in 1926 until it was officially removed from the highway system in 1985. The route began in Chicago before its termination in California.
Our museum quality giclee print comes printed with archival ink on premium heavyweight matte paper. Shipped in a sturdy cardboard tube your print will arrive ready to be framed. This eye-catching vintage map reproduction print makes the perfect gift for anyone that loves history and imagery.