rudy_o thread

chuck kottke

Gearwork for Clocks
Jun 28, 2006
Two wanderers in the 1800's who started a printing business in Chicago, specializing first in railroad tickets, then railroad maps - their wax plates made it possible to print tiny lines and symbols, and make rapid changes to the maps, as the railroads quickly expanded across the country - hence their early success in "road" maps of the time, well before their famous Road Atlas of the automobile era came about.
William Rand: William Rand (printer) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Andrew McNally: Andrew McNally - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
and a little more history: eBay Guides - History of Rand McNally Business Commercial Maps