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Delightful 1927 pictorial map of San Francisco

Place/Date: San Francisco / 1927
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Title: Map of San Francisco Showing Principal Streets and Places of Interest
Technique
Chromolithograph
Dimensions
85 x 67 cm (33.5 x 27 in)
Identifier
NL-00111
Coloring
Original color
Condition Rating
VG+
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Description

Charming and amusing pictorial map of San Francisco in the 1920’s. One of the most attractive cartographs of San Francisco, which is touted as “The City That Knows How” and “The Ideal Convention City.”

Godwin’s map is perhaps the largest and most profusely illustrated of all pictorial maps of San Francisco, with comic characters depicting different aspects of the city, a cowboy getting bucked off a horse, a couple dancing an exaggerated Charleston, dozens of whimsical vignettes with explanation text, illustrating both the modern city of San Francisco and its early history, including the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire.

The streets, parks, local churches, schools, and government buildings are drawn to show the visitor. Includes figures and information related to population, industry, products and postal services, and lists of banks and theaters.

The Schmidt Lithography Co. was once the largest printing company on the West Coast.

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Condition Description

Edges a bit browned and with light wear, a few small repairs at top edge; very good.

References

Rumsey 8102.000.

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