1972 Millsap Pictorial Map of San Diego, California

Home Federal Country. - Main View

1972 Millsap Pictorial Map of San Diego, California


A triumph of Fillmore design!


Home Federal Country.
  1972 (dated)     34 x 22.5 in (86.36 x 57.15 cm)


This is a 1972 Darrel Millsap pictorial map of San Diego, California, and the city's tourist attractions take center stage. Balboa Park, known worldwide because of the San Diego Zoo, features prominently. San Diego Stadium appears just above Balboa Park and was then home to the NFL's San Diego Chargers and the MLB's San Diego Padres. Cities and suburbs throughout the area are also labeled, including La Jolla, Escondido, and Encinitas. Miramar Naval Air Station, situated just above center, is overshadowed by the giant black letters proclaiming, 'Home Federal Country.' Both the University of California San Diego and the University of San Diego are labeled as well.
Fillmore style graphic design
Published in 1972, Millsap's map of San Diego borrows some of its elements from the iconic concert posters created for The Fillmore, the legendary San Francisco music venue. The posters' psychedelic styling and innovative use of different types of lettering cemented their place in popular culture and modern art history.
Publication History and Census
This map was created by Darrel Millsap in 1972 and likely published by the Home Federal Savings and Loan Association. An example is cataloged in OCLC, and it is part of the collection at the University of California, San Diego. Another example is part of the David Rumsey Map Collection.


Darrel Wayne 'Bunky' Millsap (May 9, 1931 - April 11, 2012) was an American artist. Born in Ontario, California, Millsap began showing artistic prowess at a young age, drawing portraits and pictures of animals on paper and brown bags he found in his childhood home. He served in the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged in 1953. After being discharged, he enrolled at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California and graduated in 1956 with a degree in Commercial Illustration. After graduating, Millsap began his career at Fred Kopp Studios in Los Angeles working for Hector Huerta. Only a few years later Millsap moved to San Diego and found work with Frye and Smith. He soon opted to start his own firm with his partner Robert Kinyon called Millsap/Kinyon Illustration. Millsap and Kinyon worked together until Kinyon died of cancer. After Kinyon's death, Millsap worked alone under the name Darrel Millsap Illustration until he retired in 1999. Millsap suffered a stroke a few years before his death and died in 2012 of complications arising from the stroke as well as diabetes and Parkinson's disease. Millsap married his wife Janice in 1959 and they were married for 49.5 years until Janice succumbed to cancer in 2008. They had three children, one of whom died in 1989. More by this mapmaker...


Very good.


Rumsey 8964.000. OCLC 24424774.