Danny Arnold's Pictorial Map of The Old West
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Published to coincide with, and cash in on the success of, the 1962 Cinerama film 'How the West Was Won'. The film hosted an all-star cast: Carroll Baker, Henry Fonda, Karl Malden, Gregory Peck, George Peppard, Debbie Reynolds, Jimmie Stewart, Eli Wallach, John Wayne and Richard Widmark. It was narrated by Spencer Tracy and followed four generations of the Prescott family as they go West from New York to the Pacific Ocean during the second half of the nineteenth century.
The cartography of the map represents the United States before the formation of Nebraska Territory in 1854. It is surrounded by a border of vignette portraits of the good, the bad, and the ugly characters of Western folk law, and within the map historical landmarks and important dates include the discovery of gold in several parts of the west, to the location of John Brown's hanging in 1859, to Lincoln's inaugural speech in 1861, and Robert Fulton's construction of the first steamship.
Danny Arnold is possibly Daniel Alvin Arnold, one of the directors of the Old Western Trading Company of London, which toured England with a Wild West Show.