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Peggy Dolan United States (9/21/2004 9:02:00 PM)

Rand McNally Atlas. Looking for a poem about Rand & McNally preparing their Atlas. Remembered phrase: 'Mister Rand and Mister NcNally, arbiters of hill and
valley....' Or that might have been 'arbiters of sea and land, Mister McNally and Mister Rand.' :) They discussed the colors for various countries. It was in a collection of light verse, edited by McCord, that we had when I was a child. No idea of the name of the author. I'd love to find the full text. Thanks. Peggy

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  • Anne Krehbiel (12/17/2009 11:44:00 AM) Post reply

    I Wonder What Became of Rand-McNally
    by Newman Levy

    Mr. Rand and Mr. McNally,
    Arbiters of hill and valley,
    Portraitists of sea and land,
    Mr. McNally and Mr. Rand,
    Two sad cartographic chaps,
    Sat in their office surrounded by maps.
    Globes and maps around the room,
    And on their 'maps' a look of gloom.

    'Time was when this business of ours was grand, '
    Said Mr. McNally to Mr. Rand,
    'When our toughest job was to sit and think
    Shall France be purple and Britain pink?
    Shall Spain be tinted bright cerise,
    And perhaps a dash of green for Greece?

    'But that, ' said Rand to Mr. McNally,
    'Was before Benito got rough with Hallie,
    When we didn't fret about changing borders,
    And we just sat here receiving orders.'

    'Remember those days, ' McNally said,
    'When we'd plan a map a month ahead,
    And we'd know, if it came out at noon, let's say,
    It was up to date the entire day?
    Then the countries stayed as fixed by their founders,
    And boundaries weren't made by bounders.'
    'Those days, ' said Rand, 'are gone totally.'
    'You said it, brother, ' said Mr. McNally.

    I found it in These Are Our Horizons from Seton Press from when I learned it in grade school :)

  • Bob Mrotek (8/19/2005 11:40:00 AM) Post reply

    I am looking for the same poem. I remeber that it started out 'Mr. McNally and Mr. Rand, two cartographic chaps, sat in their office surrounded by maps'. I sure would like to read it again. Thank you. Bob Mrotek

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