Automobile Blue Book

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Cover of Automobile Blue Book volume 1, 1921

The Automobile Blue Book (est.1901) was an American series of road guides for motoring travellers in the United States and Canada. Hartford businessman and automobile enthusiast Charles Howard Gillette initiated the series.[1] By the 1910s, it became "the standard publication" of its type.[2] Readers included F. Scott Fitzgerald.[3]


  1. ^ John T. Bauer (2009). "The Official Automobile Blue Book, 1901–1929: Precursor to the American Road Map". Cartographic Perspectives. North American Cartographic Information Society (62). 
  2. ^ James R. Akerman (2006), "20th-Century American Road Maps and the Making of a National Motorized Space", in James R. Akerman, Cartographies of Travel and Navigation, University Of Chicago Press, ISBN 9780226010748 
  3. ^ "Official- Automobile Blue Book". Hathi Trust. Retrieved March 31, 2013. 

Further reading[edit]

Index map of volumes in the Automobile Blue Book series, 1921

Automobile Blue Book. New York: Automobile Blue Book Publishing Co.  1901-

  • v.1: New York
  • v.2: New England
  • v.3: Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia
  • v.5: Mississippi River to Pacific Coast
  • v.6: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee
  • v.7: Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Wyoming
  • v.8: Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah,
  • v.9: Oregon, Washington, etc.
  • v.10: Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, etc.

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