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Did you know that the humble paper road map, of the type you used to get for free at the service station, is 100 years old this year? There is hearty debate in some circles as to which oil company did this first, but the most accepted answer is Gulf Refining; the year, 1913; and the location; Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.

Although we’d be surprised if you used a vintage map for your travels, we have some classic vintage travel books for you to enjoy. Blue Highways: A Journey into America (1982) follows William Least Heat-Moon’s travels around the US on the least traveled roads, traditionally marked in blue in those vintage maps. Travels with Charley: in Search of America (1962) was John Steinbeck’s contribution to the genre. You can check out some of the WPA American Guide Series, published just prior to World War II. But for your last trip before school starts, we’d really recommend using one of our many current travel guides!

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