By: Rob Zell Breier
Date: 1989 (Published)
Original Size: 23.75 x 36.6 inches (60.33 x 93 cm)
This is a fine print reproduction of a lively pictorial vintage map of San Francisco that presents the city as ‘Oz by the Bay’ Its four corners feature vignettes of four principal characters of the novel including the Tin Man, the Lion, the Scarecrow, and a witch who appears to be of the ‘good’ variety.
Rather than being a guide for getting about the city, the map is more of a group of myriad colorful advertisements focusing on private businesses which were thriving at the time. In addition, a number of well-known landmarks are depicted. The resulting work is something of a time capsule rendered in whimsical style.
From iconic restaurants featuring cuisines from around the world, to Haight-Ashbury and Symphony Hall; from Maud’s bar, which claims to be the oldest bar in the world for women, to numerous places and businesses for people seeking company of a specific sexual orientation, the map’s illustrations and landmarks reflect a relaxed and tolerant perspective regarding lifestyle.
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What can be referred to as modern cartography has been around for over 550 years. Throughout that time an enormous amount of new land was discovered, cities were founded while others perished. International trade and travel became the norm, political borders were ever-changing, and numerous wars were waged. With all that being said, hundreds of thousands of maps were created that show such events and episodes in time.
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