This is a 1938 Kenneth A. Friedman pictorial map of Florida. The map encapsulates the comedic tone of Friedman’s guidebook, Kenneth A. Friedman's Cartoon Guide of Florida. Tourist sites, national parks, monuments, colleges, and Florida's many cities populate the map. Sketches of Florida wildlife, including a 'Florida Wild Cat', a black bear, and a sea cow (manatee) make appearances. Everglades National Park, which was then being created, is labeled, along with Big Cypress Swamp and Lake Okeechobee. Historical sites across the state, such as Fort Matanzas, the Ringling Museum, and Fort Jefferson on Dry Tortugas, line the coast. A gigantic school of fish (all labeled) swim from Jacksonville to Pensacola. Among these are all the Florida angling classics: barracuda, tarpon, sailfish, and marlin. Two green sea turtles make are included just below the title cartouche.
Title CartoucheThe title cartouche is where Friedman’s humor is most apparent. A sketch of a hunter being chased by a bear is captioned as follows: 'big game hunting in Florida provides all kinds of entertainment!' A man making eye contact with a dolphin states 'Great sea monsters 'stare right back' at Marineland near St. Augustine!'
Publication History and CensusThis map was drawn by Kenneth A. Friedman and accompanied Kenneth A. Friedman’s Cartoon Guide of Florida published in 1938 by J. J. Augustin. The guidebook is well represented in institutional collections, but the separate map does not appear in OCLC. An example of the guidebook and the map is part of the David Rumsey Map Collection. While the guidebook is well represented institutionally, it is rarely seen on the private market.
Kenneth Albert Friedman (November 14, 1896 - February 7, 1992) was an American cartoonist and commercial artist. Born in Tatum Mine, Georgia, Friedman had moved to Jacksonville by 1920. He wrote and published Florida Highlights Illustrated, which was named the Official Florida Souvenir of the 1934 Chicago World's Fair. In 1938 Ken Friedman's Cartoon Guide of Florida was published by J.J. Augustin. He served in the Army during World War II, although we have not been able to locate detailed service records. He died in Jacksonville. More by this mapmaker...
Johannes Jakob Augustin (October 12, 1904 - March 1, 1984) was a Jewish-American New York City based printer and publisher active in the mid-20th century. Augustin inherits the legacy of one of the world's oldest and longest running printshops. The firm was founded in 1632 by Andreas Koch in Glückstadt, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. At its founding the print shop was approved by the Danish King Christian IV and became one of the country's most important publishers - with an unusual specialization in foreign characters. In 1775, it was taken over by Jakob Johann Augustin (fl. 1775 - 1806), who renamed it Druckerei J. J. Augustin. The firm continued in the Augustin family for more than 200 years, and remains active today. Johannes Jakob Augustin Augustin was born in Glückstadt, Germany and apprenticed all aspects of the family business before perusing additional studies in art, music, and oriental languages in Innsbruck, Vienna, Paris, Leipzig, and London. He returned to Glückstadt in 1932 to work in the family press under his father, Heinrich Wilhelm Augustin (fl. 1905 - 1938). His name appears on the rolls of Jews who had their nationality annulled by the Nazi Regime in 1935. Unsurprisingly, in 1936, fleeing anti-Jewish persecution in Nazi Germany, Augustin moved to Havana, then in 1937 to New York. In New York he established the J. J. Augustin print shop at 125 E 23d St. After World War II, he reestablished connections with his family shop in Germany, and in 1950, he took over and ran remotely from his home in Long Island, New York. He died in 1984. Learn More...
Friedman, K., Kenneth A. Friedman's Cartoon Guide of Florida. (New York: J.J. Augustin) 1938.
Very good. Exhibits light wear along original fold lines.
Rumsey 8770.003. OCLC 1615640 (book).