Old Car Map of Scottish Islands - Outer, Inner Hebrides, Shetland, Orkney, Skye
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This rather fascinating pictorial map of the "Principal Islands of Northern Britain" was created by A.E. Taylor and published in 1933 by Esso - which was known as Standard Oil in the US and only a few months previous as Pratts Oil in the UK.
Taylor was commissioned to create a series of maps of the United Kingdom and Ireland to encourage people to drive around the country in their new-fangled motor carriages (aka cars) - which, of course, would consume Esso oil!
This map shows a large number of islands, including the Outer Hebrides (Skye, Lewis, Harris, North & South Uist, etc), Orkney Isles (Mainland, Westray, Stronsay, Hoy, etc), Shetland Isles (Mainland, Yell, Ulst) and the Inner Hebrides/west coast of Scotland, showing Mull, Arran, Islay, Jura, etc.
Almost all of the towns and villages on these islands can be clearly seen - and in many cases, accompanied by a beautiful little illustration of the town's high street or other notable landmark.
Take a look at the detailed images and try to spot your town! Feel free to message me if you want to confirm if a certain town or village is on this map.
I also have a similar map by the same artist showing the islands of Southern Britain, such as Wight, Scilly, Man and the Channel Isles.
This map looks great at all sizes from 12x18 inches (30x45cm), to 24x15 inches (60x38cm) and beyond. But it looks even better when printed large. Please get in touch if you're looking for larger, customised or different framing options.
Please note that the 24x15 inch version of this map has white strips that can be easily snipped off (or they may help you with framing). All other sizes, and all framed maps, look just like the listing images.
The model in the listing images is holding the 18x12 inch (45x30cm) version of this map.
This would make a wonderful birthday or Christmas gift for someone from one of the islands shown on the map, or who is a bit of a petrolhead or car history buff.
You can order the map itself, or you can order a framed version. The frame is a nice, simple black frame that really makes our maps pop out when on a wall. Please get in touch if you'd like a different frame. We use super-clear acrylic (perspex/acrylite) in our frames - it's less reflective than glass and better for transport.
If you are not happy with your unique map for any reason, contact me for a no-quibble refund.
I am very confident you will like your old map. I have been doing this since 1984 and I'm a 5-star Etsy seller with 1000s of sales and reviews.
This is the cheapest place to buy my maps online.
I use a unique process to restore my maps that is massively time consuming and labour intensive. Hunting down the original maps can take months. I use state of the art and eye-wateringly expensive technology to scan and restore the maps. As a result, I guarantee my maps are a cut above the rest - that's why I can offer a no-quibble refund.
Almost all of my maps look amazing at large sizes (200cm, 6.5ft+) and I can frame and deliver them to you as well, via special oversized courier. Contact me to discuss your specific needs.