Here is a great road map from 1930s for the states of New Hampshire and Vermont. The map was supplied by Shell Oil Company. Tourist and motorist alike would stop at gas stations to ‘fill-up’ their car on a long road trip. All of the oil companies competed for the motorist dollar while traveling. One method of luring customers to stop was free maps. I can remember as a kid going to the gas station with my father and was in awe of all the free maps available. I loved to look at them and dream of future trips. I was a lucky little boy. My parents always took a two week automobile vacation when I was young every year. It was usually the last two weeks of August. My dad would go to filling stations and get free maps then plan our route on the kitchen table. This map has vivid red and yellow color which coincided with Shell Oil’s corporate colors in the 1930’s. Take a moment and just take a look at the pictures. I took close ups so you can read the ads and the legend of the map. The map is in good condition considering it is almost 75 years old! Also, notice the radio stations listed on the map. It would help drivers find the local radio station. Next, was a map insert for the Chester Bridgeport ferry. When folded up the map measures 4 by 9 inches which was the standard size of most road maps. Please look at the pictures as they are part of the description. There are some tears form folding and paper foxing.
1930s Shell Oil Road Map - New Hampshire and Vermont