WELCOME 1950's Pennsylvania State Road Maps WELCOME

The early 1950's official map covers were among the most attractive issued.


1950 Here is a cover with a proclamation from the Governor stating what a superb job he is doing.
1951 If Governor Fine's administration did nothing else, it issued official road maps from 1951 to 1954 with very nice cover designs. This is a drawing of the state seal with the motto: Virtue, Liberty, and Independence. A better job could have been done on the bird.
1951 Pennsylvania Turnpike System The World’s Greatest Highway, published by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, Harrisburg, Fifth Printing October 1951. This is a 16 page booklet about the turnpike with a 2 page 9.5 x 18 inch map in the center and a mailer label on the back. The inside map may have been issued separately.
1952 This cover, and the one for 1953, appear to have the same artist as the 1949 cover.
1952 Pennsylvania Turnpike System The World’s Greatest Highway, published by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, Harrisburg. This is a 16 page booklet about the turnpike with a 9.5 x 22 inch foldout map in the center; most of which is shown. This item is very similar to the 1951 issue and also has the mailer label. The inside map has the date "Rev. March 1952," and seems to have been issued separately in several date revisions, and this separate issue may have begun in 1951.
1953 Again, a very nice cover design on this official map.
1953 Pennsylvania Turnpike System, published by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, Harrisburg. Although it has a cover change, this 16 page booklet is similar to the 1951 and 1952 ones above; and is also a mailer. The foldout map in the center is the same as in the 1952 booklet with the note "Rev. March 23 1953."
1953 Pennsylvania Turnpike System The World's Greatest Highway, published by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, Harrisburg. This booklet has an alternate cover, but the pages and the map inside are the same as above. Apparently, it was an alternate issue for 1953 or intended for 1954.
1954 And another one. This is a drawing of the state flag. The flags of all the states and territories line the grand walkway approaching Mount Rushmore. The Map Image shows the 'state' of state cartography.
1954 Welcome to the World’s Greatest Highway Penna Turnpike. Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. This 9.5 x 22 inch map, most of which is shown here, is undated. John S. Fine (1951-55) is governor, and there is reference to a 1954 opening of the Delaware River Extension, so it probably dates to 1954.
1955 George Leader became governor in January, 1955, and then became a successful operator of nursing homes after leaving the governorship. This is the last cover with the colonial pitchman.
1955 Welcome to the World’s Greatest Highway Penna Turnpike. Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. This 9.5 x 22 inch map has Leader as governor and was probably issued in 1955. Except for the cover, it is very similar to the 1954 map shown above.
1955 Pennsylvania Turnpike System Penna Turnpike. Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. This 16 page booklet has the same foldout map inside as the 1954 map and the separately issued 1955 map above. It appears to have been issued late in 1954 or early in 1955 while Fine's man (Edward L. Schmidt) was still Secretary of Highways. There are two nearly identical versions, the second coming later, possibly dating to 1956, and apparently issued solely so Leader's new Secretary of Highways (Joseph J. Lawler) could get his name on it.
1956 This map commemorated the 250th anniversary of Ben Franklin's birth, 1706.
1956 Welcome to the World's Greatest Highway Penna Turnpike. Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. This bird’s eye view of pike and fields is one of the prettiest state maps issued. Undated, but thought to be the 1956 map, Leader (1955-59) is governor. The 15.5 x 16.5 map inside is similar to the 54/55 map but with changes.
1957 This 1957 map is dated 1956 and is otherwise identical to that map except for the cover design.
1957 Welcome to the World's Greatest Highway Penna Turnpike. Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. This 1957 map is dated; the map inside is the same as the 1956 map shown above.
1958 The state (unfortunately) began a period of ugly sideways covers with this map. It also is the first cover to use a photo.
1958 Your Guide to the ... Pennsylvania Turnpike. Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. Undated, but thought to be the 1958 map by comparison to the one below. This 8.5 x 23 inch brochure has an 8.5 x 11 inch simplified map.
1959 The photos used on map covers were routinely awful. David Lawrence controlled the Democratic political machine in Pittsburgh and used it to vault into the governorship during a period of Philadelphia political weakness. He is credited (by some) with initiating the Pittsburgh cleanup of the 50's.
1959 Your Guide to the ... Pennsylvania Turnpike. Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. Undated, but David Lawrence (1959-63) is governor, so believed to be the 1959 map. This brochure is similar to the one for 1958, but the map is somewhat different.
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