Mapping The World's Most Experienced Airline
Fine example of Pan American's continuous wall map of the World, published in 1955.
Illustrating Pan Am's routes and affiliate carrier routes around the world, the map is constructed such that any of the 5 sets of 2 sheet sections can be the center sheet, or the map can be extended in either direction by repeating vertical sections.
The map was intended to be used in the hallways and corridors of travel agencies and airports, offering a magisterial image of Pan American's coverage of the world at the dawn of the jet age, but a full 3 years before Pan Am took delivery of its first Boeing 707. The Constellation, introduced in 1946, was the backbone of its long haul service, cutting flight times by to long haul international destinations dramatically, first with the DC-3 and then the DC-4, which cut the flight time from Miami to Buenos Aires from 71.25 hours to 38.5 hours.
In January 1950 Pan American officially became Pan American World Airways, Inc. In September 1950 Pan Am completed the urchase of American Overseas Airlines from American Airlines and the first, Clipper Liberty Bell launched Pan Am's all-tourist class Rainbow service between New York and London on May 1, 1952, to complement the all-first President Stratocruiser service.