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1935 Bloodgood Pictorial Map of San Diego

The California Pacific International Exposition.  San Diego.

1935 Bloodgood Pictorial Map of San Diego


An iconic pictorial map of San Diego.



The California Pacific International Exposition. San Diego.
  1935 (dated)    21.5 x 31 in (54.61 x 78.74 cm)


An attractive 1935 pictorial map of San Diego, California, drawn by Don Bloodgood. This map was sponsored by Shell Oil and drawn to celebrate the 1935 California Pacific Exposition. Looking eastward from a location high above this Pacific, this map covers San Diego and its surroundings from La Jolla to Oneonta and inland as far as Cuyamaca Dam. Cartographically it is rendered in the style of Jo Mora with cartoonish figures representing the lifestyle of the region. Areas of interest, such as La Jolla, Old Town, the Exposition Grounds, Coronado, and Agua Caliente, are emphasized via circular vignettes. The map is surrounded an illustrated history of San Diego. The verso of this map features a similarly styled pictorial view of the Exposition Grounds, unfortunately, since this map had to be backed on tissue for preservation purposes, that view is obscured.


Don Bloodgood (1897 - 1989) was an American illustrator and graphic cartographer active in the middle part of the 20th century. Born in California, he relocated to Sedona, Arizona, in 1960. Bloodgood produced a large corpus of pictorial maps between 1935 and 1968. His first known map is the illustration of San Diego drawn for the California Pacific International Exposition in 1935. Much of Bloodgood's work was produced in conjunction with Shell Oil. His work is considered stylistically similar to that of Jo Mora.


Average. Map exhibits overall toning and soiling. Wear and damage along original fold lines, especially at fold intersections. Backed with archival tissue.
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