1931 Ruth Taylor White Pictorial Map of Kauai, Hawaii

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1931 Ruth Taylor White Pictorial Map of Kauai, Hawaii


A 'treasure island'!


Island of Kauai.
  1931 (undated)     11.25 x 14.625 in (28.575 x 37.1475 cm)


This is a 1931 Ruth Taylor White pictorial map of Kauai, Hawaii, commissioned by the Hawaii Tourist Bureau. Kauai appears as a tropical paradise with travelers arriving by ocean liner, sunbathing, swimming, and exploring the interior. Wild pigs and goats roam the island. Waimea Canyon and Olokele Canyon catch the eye, along with Mt. Waialeale (the wettest place on Earth). A tourist peers into the sky atop the mountain in a yellow raincoat and hat under an umbrella. The world famous Napali Coast is situated on the left side of the island. The site of Captain Cook's 1788 landing is identified as well.
Publication History and Census
This map was drawn by Ruth Taylor White, published by the Hawaii Tourist Bureau, and printed by the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. We note a single cataloged example of the 1931 edition which is part of the David Rumsey Map Collection. It appears from time to time on the market.


Ruth D. Taylor White (March 1896 - 20??), a.k.a. Ruth Taylor Day, was an American pictorial mapmaker, what she liked to call 'carto-graphy'. Ruth was born Oregon to the painter John S. Taylor (1858 - 1927). Her interest in cartographic mapmaking was probably inspired by her sister Della Taylor Hoss (1900 - 1997), also an important pictorial cartographer. One of her first published works was a cover of The Stanford Illustrated Review, where her brother Frank attended university. Frank was an accomplished journalist and writer, and Ruth provided the illustrations for two of his books, popular works about the national parks, ’Oh Ranger!’ A Book About the National Parks and Grand Canyon Country. In the spring of 1930, White traveled to Hawaii, where she received a commission from the Hawaii Tourist Bureau to create pictorial maps of the Hawaiian Islands. Sets of five maps began appearing in 1931, with maps of Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Hawaii, and the island chain as part of the set. These were most likely handed out to visitors by the Bureau. White’s most famous work, a pictorial atlas entitled, Our USA: A Gay Geography was published in 1935 and was filled with ‘cartography’ of each state, which she published with her brother as Ruth Taylor. White is also known for her map of Treasure Island, the site of the Golden Gate International Exposition. A third sister, Bernice Taylor Fitzgerald, was also an artist, but did not make maps. Ruth was still an active artist as late as 1997. There is no record of her death, suggesting she may well be a centenarian. Learn More...


Good. Both right corners recornered. Old tape evident in both left corners on verso.


Rumsey 9072.002.