Lot 6: 1943 "Service Men's Map" of segregated Washington, D.C., with separate "Negro" venues

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2017-02-07 11:27:46

Lot 6

1943 "Service Men's Map" of segregated Washington, D.C., with separate "Negro" venues. Heading: (African-American, 1943 Map). Title: Service Men’s Map of Washington / Full Information on Service Clubs, entertainment and Sightseeing... Place Published: Washington, D.C. Publisher: War Hospitality Committee, Civilian War Service, courtesy of the Pepsi Cola Co. Date Published: 15826. Description: Probable first printing. 4 x 7.5", expanding to 14.5 x 16". 2pp., with map on one side, keyed to numbered text on verso. Rare. WorldCat locates only one institutional copy - at the Library of Congress, which has this 1943 printing. Last year, PBA sold a copy of a later 1944 edition. Among the many clubs, canteens, churches and other recreational sites for men and women in uniform visiting the nation's capital during World War II were a dozen specifically designated "Negro": [Benjamin] "Banneker Service Clubs", "Phyllis Wheatley YWCA", Baptist, Catholic, Methodist and Congregational Churches, USOs in Alexandria, Virginia and Annapolis, Maryland, and one for the Negro Women's Battalion No. 2. This copy has some small textual differences from the later printing. A "Howard Park Defense Area (Old Mott School)" with rooms for Negroes is not listed in the 1944 imprint, which also added a section on "Lodging for Service Women" (apparently only white women), in place of the 1943 warning: "The Enemy Has Ears / Don't Talk About Where You Have been Or Where You Are Going." With: The Diamond Chatterbox / Where to Go and What to Do - in WASHINGTON. April 16, 1944. Original pictorial wrappers. 16pp. including covers. With no mention at all of "Negro" facilities. Condition: Very good.

Estimate: $200-300

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