Indy Ad Show embracing map lovers


INDIANAPOLIS — Promoters of the Indy Antique Advertising Show announced the Road Map Collectors Association (RMCA) will be setting up alongside the Ad Show Sept. 27-28. RMCA is an avid group of collectors of many types of road maps, and they will have tables full of old original road maps for sale or trade. The club will have a special designated area and will be displaying the same hours as the show.

Auto Club Maps

The Road Map Collectors Association (RMCA) is setting up alongside the Indy Ad Show at the Indiana State Fairgrounds on September 27-28, 2013. (Photo courtesy RMCA)

“We are pleased to welcome RMCA to our show for their 2013 Annual Meet. We feel it is a good fit and that it will be a nice addition to the Show,” said Donna Weir, promoter. Vintage advertising collectors enjoy seeing new avenues to add to their collections. The old maps frequently have outstanding graphics, color and advertising for oil companies, official state maps, national parks, auto club maps, etc. There are also maps for hunting and fishing, airline routes, cruising and expos such as World Fairs. To learn more about the Road Map Collectors Association, visit; they are always interested in new members.

The Indy Antique Advertising Show is the nation’s premier show to find vintage and antique advertising. More than 100 antique advertising and toy dealers from 28 states will converge on the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis; they bring the best they have to offer. Expect to see a wide variety of items including breweriana, soda fountain, drug and country store, toys, Americana, gas and oil, coin-operated machines, ephemera and tobacco. Collectors who are looking for the unique, the rare or those special mint condition items may find it at the Indy.

Southern States map

This fine example of Colton’s Map of the Southern States including Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee. Missouri. North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas, 1861, by J. H. Colton, sold for $1,815 June 20 at Quinn’s Auction Galleries/Waverly Rare Books Auction. (Photo courtesy RMCA)

The Fall Indy Ad Show takes place Sept. 27-28; Friday preview hours are 1-6 p.m. Tickets for Friday (which includes Saturday admission) are on sale until Sept. 15 for $25 (regularly $40). Saturday hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. with admission of $8. There is only one admission for both the Indy Ad Show and the Road Map Collectors.

For more information, visit Dealers interested in displaying at the show are invited to call Bruce Weir at 217-821-1294 or see the details on the website.


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