Publisher New York, New York, U.S.A. Fortune Magazine 1939
Illustrator Fortune Art Department
Seller ID 007270
Issued as a supplement to the October 1939 issue of Fortune magazine. This is a double-sided, folded sheet, oblong, approximately 21.5 x 27 inches, printed on both sides. One side consists of a color map of Europe at the outbreak of World War Two, a war commencing either on August 31st or September 1st, 1939, depending on your source, when the German army iinvaded Poland. The other side consists of printed text. The chief colors of the map are red, blue and yellow on a background of eggshell-color, and the map text is in black. The map indicates air bases, naval bases, fortified lines, and secondary fortifications. Additionally, cities are indicated by population size. Later this map would be regarded as depicting the earliest version of the European Theater of Operations. The map, as it happens, was sent to the printer for final closing on the eve of the German invasion of Poland. The text side consistes of an article, "The War of 1939" and hinting at the initial popular belief that the war would probably not last long; "The FORTUNE Survey: Supplement on War" with interesting polling results; and an "Index to Map" identifying 665 European towns. The map and text sides are immensely clean, with no markings, tears or other demerits noted, apart from the fold lines. The sheet was apparently issued as a quarter-fold, i.e., folded once horizontally and then once vertically, resulting is a dimension of approximately 13.5 x 10.75 inches. At some point a previous owner folded the map twice more, to a dimension of about 6.75 x 5.4 inches. There is a hint of age-fading along the exposed edges of the text side, NOT of the map side. Overall the condition of this piece of ephemera is Near Fine. Scarce in any condition. An attractive item for a collection of WWII/ETO memorabilia.