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Large-format pictorial map of California documenting the state's historical sites.

Place/Date: Not listed / 1952
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Title: A Map of the Marked Historical Sites of California. Compiled from the official registrations of the California State Department of Natural Resources
Technique
Offset printing
Dimensions
73 x 105 cm (28.7 x 41.3 in)
Identifier
NL-00783
Condition Rating
VG

Description

Decorative and detailed map of California with its important historical sites, along with inset maps of the cities of San Francisco, Monterey, Los Angeles, and San Diego, and an inset of Mother Lode sites.

The sites, which are listed in detail of the back of the map, are divided into four time periods: 1) Spanish-American; 2) Years of the Gold Rush; 3) Agricultural Era; and 4) Commercial and Industrial Expansion. The mapmaker makes great use of the space provided by the large-format of the map, incorporating four dramatic illustrations by Bay Area native Gordon Brusstar to represent each era: a mission and its priest, a gold seeker with his pick, a farmer toiling in a field, and a shirtless factory worker. All give a sense of nobility and pride in the state.

Cartographer(s)

Automobile Club of Southern California

Lowell Butler

Lowell Butler served as art director for the Automobile Club of Southern California. He designed multiple pictorial maps for the organization from the 1930s to the mid-50s.

Condition Description

Wear along folds, with minor splits at the margins.

References

OCLC Number: 82915683.

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