From the Map Vault – National Geographic Society’s 1930 Map of Florida

Florida Map Printed by Williams & Heintz in 1930 for National Geographic Society

Florida Map Printed by Williams & Heintz in 1930 for the National Geographic Society

Williams & Heintz Map Corp. has been printing maps for entrepreneurs, government agencies and map publishers since 1921.  We printed this 1930 map of Florida for the National Geographic Society.  Back then we did business under the name of Williams & Heintz Co., Lithographers.

Williams & Heintz Co., Lithographers, Washington, D.C.

Sure was a lot more swamp land then!  And no major interstate highways to travel. I am intrigued that the insets all show railroad hubs.  Back in the thirties, an employee at Williams & Heintz took a road trip south, to visit with a long lost relative, and was gone for six months!

What would it look like today if  the interstate highway systems had not been developed?

Spencer Fleury  has an interesting blog post about abandoned rail roads in Florida, and their use.

About hollybudd

I grew up on the Chesapeake Bay. I have a BS in Environmental Studies from Cook College, Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. I returned to school for a MBA from Trinity DC. I am the president/CEO of Williams & Heintz Map Corporation, the family printing company that was started by my great grandfather.

Posted on April 11, 2012, in History, The Map Vault and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Hello Holly, is it possible to get a paper or digital copy of the Florida map?

    Thanks, Greg

  2. Hi Greg, I have only one paper map. I actually tracked it down on line and purchased it from This map is copyrighted to National Geographic Society. Unless they have let their copyright expire, this low resolution cell phone picture is the only one that I have.

    • Thanks for the info. I collect old maps too – mostly Canadian and more specifically southern Ontario where I live. I will check out the URL in your message.

  3. I don’t know. I going to have to look into that myself too.

  4. The short answer: Copyrights owned by a business are protected for 95 years from the year of first publication, or for 120 years from the year of creation, whichever is shorter. So you would need to pay the copyright holder until the map enters the public domain in 2025.

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