A First War Map of the Western Front Named to American Flyer
A WWI Map of the Western Front Named to American Flyer - Map obverse printed in four-colour ink (red, blue, yellow and black), entitled "Kenyon's Map of the Western Battle Front", tagged "Copyright 1918" and manufactured by "The Kenyon Co., Map Makers, Des Moines, Iowa", with fold lines. Map charts the areas of southeast England, Central and Eastern France, Belgium, Southern Holland, Luxembourg, northwest Switzerland, Western Germany and the disputed region of Alsace-Lorraine, detailed with cities and towns, railways, country boundaries, canals, roads, rivers and other bodies of water. It features fifteen squares in red with corresponding numbers, illustrating the "hot spots" throughout France and Belgium. The map is scaled in miles, with the battle lines shown in red (dotted lines illustrating the advance in 1914, solid lines illustrating the battle front on March 21, 1918). There are two inset maps in the lower left corner: one of the Eastern Front (map illustrating northeast Germany, Poland, Austria, Romania, northern Bulgaria and Russia), the other of the Italian Battle Front (map illustrating southern Austria, northeast Italy and southeast Switzerland). The reverse printed in black ink with an Index of Towns, the map measuring 607 mm x 627 mm. Upper left corner of the map pasted into a canary yellow folder, printed in black ink, entitled "KEYSTONE TRADE MARK / WAR MAP OF WESTERN BATTLE FRONT OF EUROPE / WITH BATTLE LINES SHOWN IN RED", keystone outline below, the aforementioned in a large, thick keystone outline, inscribed in handwritten black ink "Lieut. Lester D. Mayne, Ellington Field, Houston, Texas." and "U.S. Air Service.", map folds up into the 89 mm x 157 mm folder. Scattered tears evident along the fold lines of the map, wear evident along the edges and reverse of the folder, better than very fine.