My goal is to provide a photo map dating website for Oil Company Road Maps, so map collectors and sellers can date their maps as easily and accurately as possible. Also, new and experienced collectors will be able to see what is out there to collect and have a checklist of sorts accessable from Computers, Tablets, and Mobil Phones.
This website will show pictures of Road Maps issued by Oil Companies in a four picture set for each company listed. The pictures will include a prewar (1916-1945) set of two pictures showing both front and back covers, and a postwar (1946-1975) set of two pictures showing both front and back covers. The pictures show the maps displayed on a map board, the locations on the board where maps for that company either don't exist or I don't have a copy will reveal the last two digits of that year, so you can quickly navigate the picture sets. A spreadsheet showing detailed map identification dates and codes and descriptions will be included for many of the map picture sets.
Site Navigation At the top of this page are clickable links to all the map webpages. At the bottom of some of the pages there will be a clickable link to a Spreadsheet showing the map codes and descriptions of the maps in that picture set that will open in a seperate window.
This website will feature Road Maps issued by Oil Companies that cover the State of California and the City of Los Angeles. In additon, most of the Standard Oil companies and many of the major oil companies are covered. Some of the companies that issued maps in California were national brands, so the information can be used as an example for other states where those companies issued maps. This site will not cover all oil companies that issued maps or all maps issued by any individual oil company, and is based on my personal collection, so if I don't collect it, you will not see it here. I have tried to collect sets of maps covering a specific state or city so that you can see the patterns in the map codes. These map code patterns are not as obvious if you have maps from different states and cities all mixed up.
Map Dating help
There are pages to help date H.M. Gousha, Rand McNally, and General Drafting Maps. (see web pages starting with Dating . . .)
I am still an active map collector, located in Southern California. I have added notes on the bottom of most of the web pages that privide a little information about the map set and indicate if I am interested in acquiring additonal maps issued by that company. Some maps I am looking for are rare, but most are not, and the fact that I do not have one may only mean that I have not found it yet.
My contact email address is email@example.com. If you have a map I don't have in my pictures or on my spreadsheets and are considering parting with it, send me an email with the map title, year, map code, description of the condition of the map and a price if you have one. But remember I only collect specific companies and specific states and cities, and am not interested in maps of other companies and places, see each specific webpage for my wants.
I hope collectors and sellers find the information included in this website helpful. Publishing this site is a process and will take some time. I will be adding new companies periodically. You can check in from time to time to see what I have added.