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War Office: Map of the Empire Air Mail Scheme and other Commonwealth Air Routes in the Eastern Hemisphere

Map: tempMid
 
Cartographer: War Office
Title: Map of the Empire Air Mail Scheme and other Commonwealth Air Routes in the Eastern Hemisphere
Date: 1937
Published: London
Width: 37 inches / 94 cm
Height: 27 inches / 69 cm
Map ref: WLD4510
Description:
Fascinating map of Europe, Asia and Africa, showing the British air route network just before World War II.

This map bears little geographical information with the exception of outlining and naming the continents. It then uses this blank geographical canvas to illustrate the burgeoning introduction of air travel logistics, in this case, mail routes. The emphasis is on the routes of Imperial Airways Ltd but it also includes connections with their numerous affiliates throughout the Empire, including Quantas Empire Airways Ltd., Indian trans-Continental Airways Ltd., Wilson Airways Ltd., and an early incarnation of British Airways Ltd among several others.

The map also portrays potential routes within this theatre and even more interestingly, early locations for airports, both existing and projected. A key on the lower centre shows the location of both the airports as well as the operators of the routes shown.

Of particular note is the date of 1937, just two years before the outbreak of World War II which accelerated the development of many of these projects but also changed the airlines beyond recognition with Imperial Airways, Wilson Airways and British Airways Ltd all ceasing to exist in that form by 1939. Printed colour. SL [WLD4510]