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1940 Rand McNally Map or City Plan of San Francisco, California


1940 Rand McNally Map or City Plan of San Francisco, California




Rand McNally Indexed Reference Map of San Francisco San Francisco City Map Series.
  1940 (undated)     31 x 30 in (78.74 x 76.2 cm)     1 : 20000


This is a fine c.1940 folding map or plan of the city of San Francisco by Rand McNally. It shows all major streets, parks, cemetery, squares and peaks and 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 quadrant of the map contains an inset of the Downtown Business District. Shows the large proposed 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.


Rand, McNally and Co. (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 a new cost effective printing technique known as wax process engraving. As Chicago developed as a railway hub, the Rand firm, now incorporated as Rand McNally, began producing a wide array of railroad maps and guides. Over time, the firm expanded into atlases, globes, educational material, and general literature. By embracing the 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.


Very good. Minor wear along original fold lines. Comes with original cover.