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Welcome to 2016. It's fair to say that I didn't pay as much attention to this site in 2015 as in most previous years; a combination of circumstances ranging from computer problems (well I was still using Windows XP) to spending more time abroad than usual meant that updates slipped behind. However for 2016 I have plenty of maps scanned and waiting to be incorporated, including issues from Avia/May, BP, Caltex, Delek, Esso... (All I really need is a map from ZG-Raiffeisen to complete the sequence!) As I add new small scale (thumbnail) images to pages, I am also adding more larger images. To date, there are 121 maps or extracts that will display at roughly real size (assuming your screen has enough pixels - they are constrained to fit inside the visible window), and I have almost 340 more scanned but waiting to be added. That would mean that about 20% of the images are available in this dual low and high resolution format. But this will take time, and I am still working on a number of other projects. One of these is the Road Map Collectors Association Petroleum Map Catalog for maps from North America, although I am still adding updates as they become available. It contains all known US issuers, arranged by brand then age, showing sections produced and the cartographer. So, hopefully updates to this site can become more regular again, but with over 2,500 maps on display, additional ones turn up less frequently than they did a decade ago.

I am still thinking about adding pages on Antipodean maps, drawing on a series of articles that I am writing for the quarterly magazine of the Automobilia Collectors Club of Australia (ACCA), and am looking South towards Africa as well. Due to lower numbers of maps, any African pages would probably group countries, rather than taking a brand-led approach, but there's a big uncertainty about the prevalence of maps from the last 30 years or so - have the new entrants to the main markets (which have often displaced Shell, BP, Mobil, Caltex/Texaco or Total) issued maps at all? If you can help me by providing scans (or actual maps!) from names such as AP, Goil, Kenol/Kobil, NNPC, OandO, Oryx and Puma, as well as Engen outside of its home base of South Africa, then please send me an e-mail.

Now on line:

Adverts for branded map racks
Petrol companies encouraged their dealers to sell maps as a service to their customers, but had to advertise the benefits of doing so using special branded maps racks. Two examples of adverts aimed at dealers have been added: from Esso in the 1960s and Mobil in 1982. (Updated 20 December 2016)

Overprinted BP maps - Kemwel
Kemwel specialises in arranging automobile rental for US visitors to Europe with local car hire firms. It overprinted a 1968 BP map of Europe for its customers. this has been put onto the top level BP page, alongside a slightly later BP map of Europe overprinted for Trafalgar Tours. (Updated 29 October 2016)

An Esso map of the Isle of Wight
Dealer sponsored maps are rare in Europe, and even rarer in the UK. However a late 1960s Esso map of the Isle of Wight, placing a local map from G Dean & Co into custom card covers has now been found. (Updated 21 October 2016)

A sectional map of the Commonwealth of Independent States
Continuing the Ukrainian theme, I have now added a 1994 Shell/Mairs (Marco Polo) sectional map of the Commonwealth of Independent States. This section, titled "GUS" (German for CIS), covers North and Central Ukraine, as well as most of Belarus and part of Western Russia. (Updated 19 October 2016)

Although I created a Crimea page after Russia's annexation, I had not updated the Ukraine page for several years. However the recent discovery by a friend of a 1969 Soviet era map from the state oil monopoly has prompted me to update the main Ukraine page, including adding several more images from OKKO maps issues in the 2005-7 period. As I lack a regular correspondent in the country, I have to admit to being unsure whether any oil company maps have been issued recently. (Updated 10 October 2016)

An A5 atlas from Maxol
Last year, the Irish company Maxol gave away an A5 atlas of Ireland, co-produced with the Irish Daily Mail, to customers who paid for a car wash. Despite being free, it was actually a high quality product with maps at 1:700,000 (about 11 miles to the inch). (Updated 8 October 2016)

Small atlases from Fleet Sales
In the 1950s, Fleet Sales Service Ltd marketed atlases of England & Wales and Great Britain with basic maps from Geographia Ltd. Among the companies that used their maps were the Leeds office of Shell-mex and BP Ltd, and United oil Co. (Stoke-on-Trent) Ltd. (Updated 4 September 2016)

Two more Italian Agip maps
Agip issued a variety of maps in its home country of Italy, often switching between cartographers and formats. I have added a 1966 small format "Vademecum" atlas by Corbellini, and a 1995 single sheet map of the country by A.C.I., the last known regular map issue. (Updated 1 September 2016)

1976 Texaco of the Netherlands
An earlier Texaco map of the Netherlands by Falkplan has been added; it uses a variation on the large Texaco sign above a country outline on green cover. I have taken advantage of this update to add a further 14 larger cover images for Texaco. (Updated 31 August 2016)

BP Bundesliga Service 78/79
In summer 1978 BP gave its customers in West Germany a free 52 page booklet called "Bundesliga Service 78/79" that included 18 pages of maps showing the location of the leading teams' football grounds. (Updated 21 July 2016)

Another Fina atlas of Great Britain
Although Fina sheet maps are quite uncommon, their atlases appear from time to time, and a fourth design from the period after the ending of the Pool has now been discovered. This is another hardback atlas with a cover price of 12/6d, making it unlikely that very many were ever sold. (Updated 17 July 2016)

A Chevron map of London & SE England
It had been assumed that Chevron never sold sectional or regional maps of the UK, instead selling single maps covering the whole country (or England and Wales). However a 1969 map of London and South East England has now been discovered. (Updated 7 June 2016)

An Agil map of Tunisia
The Italian company Agip sold fuel in Tunisia for a number of years, but in 1975 sold out to the Tunisian Government, and the name was replaced by Agil a couple of years later. Although it has long been assumed that Agil might have had maps, only now has one been rediscovered. (Updated 6 April 2016)

A 1990 German Shell map of Egypt
Shell co-branded road maps with its regular publisher, Mairs Geographischer Verlag of Stuttgart for many years; sometimes they carried also other Mairs group branding such as euro cart. These maps were widely sold through Shell filling stations in Germany, but also overseas through bookshops and occasionally in Shell's local service stations. I bought a German Shell/Mairs map of Romania in a filling station in Bucharest. I have recently found a German Shell/Mairs (euro cart) map of Egypt carrying an Egyptian price sticker; this may - or may not - have been sold in an Egyptian service station as it was published about the time that Shell re-entered the Egyptian market. (Updated 18 January 2016)

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