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Offline DekeThornton

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Let's see your Pictorial Maps (or other maps)!
« on: February 03, 2017, 12:46:31 AM »
For me, pictorial maps fall under the broad category of posters as for the most part, they were produced for decorative and advertising purposes rather than for navigation. But if anybody has any regular maps they want to share, that is OK too  :)

I have picked up a few pictorial maps in the course of collecting material related to Mexico.  I encourage anyone else to share their maps in this thread.

First up is a map of "Fauna and Flora of the Pacific". This was designed by the Mexican artist Miguel Covarrubias, and is part of a folio of 6 maps of the Pacific that were produced for the Golden Gate International Exposition in San Francisco in 1939.

This one is headed for the wall of my daughter's bedroom once I purchase a suitable frame.  Like most toddlers, she is pretty obsessed with all animals.








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Re: Let's see your Pictorial Maps (or other maps)!
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2017, 01:00:35 AM »
Here is one more, a Pictorial Map of Mexico, designed by artist Miguel Gomez Medina.

The design is originally from 1931, though I believe this is likely a later printing from the same publisher.








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Re: Let's see your Pictorial Maps (or other maps)!
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2017, 08:06:28 PM »
My one other pictorial map, this time of the Federal District of Mexico.  Also by Miguel Gomez Medina, possibly a later printing of the original design from the 1930's.









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Re: Let's see your Pictorial Maps (or other maps)!
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2017, 01:58:29 PM »
Did you find these maps at various times, Deke? Or were they a group that you happened to come across?

All have really vibrant color and quite the detail, that's for sure.


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Re: Let's see your Pictorial Maps (or other maps)!
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2017, 03:00:48 PM »
Did you find these maps at various times, Deke? Or were they a group that you happened to come across?

All have really vibrant color and quite the detail, that's for sure.

I bought the Mexico and Mexico City (DF) maps from the same seller.

I found the map of the Pacific separately.

My wife is actually encouraging me to frame the maps and put them on the wall, which is more than I can say for most of my posters  :)

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Re: Let's see your Pictorial Maps (or other maps)!
« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2017, 03:06:50 PM »
They do have a nice look to them and could blend in more readily with your decor (as your wife is probably thinking  ;)  ).

Is there a way you can pinpoint what year they were printed? I know you thought one might be a later printing of a 1930's one.


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Re: Let's see your Pictorial Maps (or other maps)!
« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2017, 03:17:42 PM »
I have found other images online that show small differences in copyright registration notices, publisher details, etc.

There is a guy named David Rumsey that has an amazing collection of maps all with high resolution images available online. Apparently, he donated his collection to Stanford recently.

His site shows some of the variants:
http://www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/view/search?sort=Pub_List_No_InitialSort%2CPub_Date%2CPub_List_No%2CSeries_No&q=Miguel+medina&search=Go

So it is probably possible for me to at least settle on a decade for my copies, but I haven't put in much detective work yet.
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Re: Let's see your Pictorial Maps (or other maps)!
« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2017, 03:25:20 PM »
A very cool site there with the variant images. And nothing better than hi resolution imagery to help with the  sherlockholmes.gif work.

Good luck in the research.

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« Last Edit: February 05, 2017, 04:08:06 PM by erik1925 »


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Re: Let's see your Pictorial Maps (or other maps)!
« Reply #8 on: April 22, 2017, 02:07:20 AM »
Yet another pictorial Mexican map. This is a 1930's map of Mexico City which includes a business directory.






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Re: Let's see your Pictorial Maps (or other maps)!
« Reply #9 on: November 08, 2017, 01:50:25 AM »
This one is for the Angelenos.

Title Insurance & Trust Company:  The Old Spanish and Mexican Ranchos of Los Angeles County

ca. 1940


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Re: Let's see your Pictorial Maps (or other maps)!
« Reply #10 on: January 01, 2018, 12:44:42 AM »
This has to be my new favorite map.  In fact, I think I will have to double-post it in the favorite acquisitions of 2017 thread.

1932 map of Mexico City, where the city plan is stylized in the form of an Aztec warrior. How cool is that?

It also comes with a decorative envelope to hold the folded map.





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Re: Let's see your Pictorial Maps (or other maps)!
« Reply #11 on: January 26, 2018, 01:08:43 AM »
Another cool pictorial map from the 1930's. The Story Map of the West Indies.

It has lots of nice pirate-related artwork among other things.


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Re: Let's see your Pictorial Maps (or other maps)!
« Reply #12 on: February 19, 2018, 12:28:07 AM »
Another really nice map, Deke.

Great imagery and the motifs and design in the border are awesome.

What does the small print on the lower right border say?


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Re: Let's see your Pictorial Maps (or other maps)!
« Reply #13 on: February 19, 2018, 03:27:43 PM »
What does the small print on the lower right border say?

In the lower right:
"Border design motif adapted from native West Indian handicraft and indigenous tropical fruits."

And lower left:
" Colortext Publications, Inc. Chicago 1936"

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Re: Let's see your Pictorial Maps (or other maps)!
« Reply #14 on: February 19, 2018, 05:29:05 PM »
Another cool pictorial map from the 1930's. The Story Map of the West Indies.

It has lots of nice pirate-related artwork among other things.



It's fun, too, with the exaggerated island size and close distances. 

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Re: Let's see your Pictorial Maps (or other maps)!
« Reply #15 on: February 19, 2018, 08:03:01 PM »
I have this typographical map from Dorthy in the UK.

https://www.wearedorothy.com/products/film-map-original-open-edition

It isn't a pictoral map, but seems to be closely related and is based on films. I also have the music version.

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Re: Let's see your Pictorial Maps (or other maps)!
« Reply #16 on: February 22, 2018, 02:52:50 PM »
In the lower right:
"Border design motif adapted from native West Indian handicraft and indigenous tropical fruits."

And lower left:
" Colortext Publications, Inc. Chicago 1936"

Thanks! cheers


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