1940 McNally Map of San Francisco, California
Description: A c. 1940s folding map of the city of San Francisco by Rand McNally shows all major streets, parks, cemetery, squares and peaks. It covers San Francisco from Fort Point (Golden Gate Bridge) in the north to Lake Merced in the south and from the Great Highway in the west to Waterfront Street in the east. The top right corner of the map contains an inset of the Downtown Business District. Shows a large proposted land fill around South Basin and Hunter's Point. The map is highly detailed with a legend on the top left corner. A street index is listed on the bottom of the map. This indexed reference map of San Francisco was published by Rand McNally and is part of the San Francisco City Map Series.
Date: 1940 (undated)
Cartographer: Rand McNally (fl. 1856 - present) is an American publisher of maps, atlases and globes. The company was founded in 1856 when William H. Rand, a native of Quincy, Massachusetts, opened a print shop in Chicago. Rand hired the recent Irish immigrant Andrew McNally to assist in the shop giving him a wage of 9 USD per week. The duo landed several important contracts, including the Tribune's (later renamed the Chicago Tribune) printing operation. In 1872 Rand McNally produced its first map, a railroad guide, using new cost effective printing technique known as wax process engraving. As the Chicago developed as a railway hub the Rand firm, now incorporated as Rand McNally, began producing a wide array of maps and guides. Over time the firm expanded into atlases, globes, education books, and general literature. By embracing the cost effective wax engraving process Rand McNally was able to dominate the map and atlas market, pushing more traditional American lithographic publishers like Colton, Johnson, and Mitchell out of business. Eventually Rand McNally opened an annex office in New York City headed by Caleb S. Hammond, whose name is today synonymous with maps and atlases, and who later started his own map company, C. S. Hammond & Co. Both firms remain in business. Click here for a list of rare maps by Rand McNally.
Size: Printed area measures 31 x 31 inches (78.74 x 78.74 centimeters)
Condition: Very good. Closed verso repair extending approximatly 2 inch from right top margin. Similar verso repair, from bottom right margin, extending into index. Original fold lines. Blank on verso.
Code: SanFrancisco-randmcnally-1940 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)