ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS: In honor of Mardi Gras week, we bring you “Louisiana and South Mississippi: Fabulous Wonderland of America,” a wacky 1951 pictorial map by Gus Levy, who started in New Orleans as a newspaper cartoonist and ended up a successful ad executive. More here: http://www.georgeglazer.com/maps/florida/louisianalevy.html
TGIF: The “Merry-makers Map of San Francisco” is a humorous and bawdy guide to the city’s nightlife around 1940. It was designed as a folding pictorial pocket map, presumably for actual use, to locate the 49 highlighted restaurants, cocktail lounges, nightclubs and bars. The illustrations emphasize the city’s reputation for uninhibited entertainment, especially in the neighborhood known as The Barbary Coast.
More here: http://georgeglazer.com/maps/western/merrymakers.html
TGIF: Henry Schile’s 1875 chromolithograph of “The 10 Commandments of Taverns” provides tongue-in-cheek rules for bar patrons. In German and English, the print was designed for his fellow German-American immigrants, who then made up 30% of the population of New York City making it one of the most populous “German” cities in the world after Berlin and Vienna. Illustrated vignettes portray bar games and activities such as billiards, bowling, chess, dominos and — incredibly — indoor target shooting with firearms. More details here: http://www.georgeglazer.com/prints/genre/schiletavern.html
STRONG DESIGN: Playwright for the Broadway stage, screenwriter, philanthropist, sailor and all around Renaissance man Austin Strong spent his summers on Nantucket and drew this popular pictorial map as a fundraiser for the hospital there in 1921. When in residence in New York, he was a member of the Century Club; the map has a handwritten dedication to one his fellow “Centurions.”
We’ll see if 15-year-old skating prodigy Julia Lipnitskaia wins the gold medal in a few days, but if she does, she won’t be the first: Sonja Henie was 15 when she won her first of three gold medals in 1928. Henie went on to a successful performing career — this is a costume design from her Hollywood Ice Revue of 1948, designed by New York couturier Kathryn Kuhn.
COLLEGE THEATRE: David Loggan’s 1675 pair of engravings record the north and south views of the Sheldonian Theatre at Oxford University. They’re wonderful documentation of a landmark building by the great British architect Christopher Wren, but enlivened by the presence of scholars, visitors and playful dogs crossing the plazas. Have a closer look at them here:
WELLESLEY COLLEGE PICTORIAL MAP: Rosalind Howe Sturges was the daughter of an antiques dealer and an architect, and combined those influences to become a designer and illustrator of meticulously researched pictorial maps that focused on historic buildings. This one, from 1943, shows the Wellesley College campus in Massachusetts.
Gilman Joslin 6-Inch Terrestrial Globe, mounted on a handsome three-legged turned hardwood stand. Boston: 1860. St. Louis, New Orleans, Houston, Salt Lake City, Portland, Monterey, Santa Fe and San Diego are shown west of the Mississippi in the United States. The Baja California is called “Old California,” Alaska is called “Russian America,” and Northern Canada is labeled “British America” with the western portion labeled “Black Feet Inds.”