Rand McNally Map of San Francisco Bay District.
1928 (undated) 33.5 x 27 in (85.09 x 68.58 cm)
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This is a scarce c. 1928 map of the San Francisco Bay area by Rand McNally and Company. It covers from Petaluma south to San Jose and east as far as Sherman Island. The map is highly detailed, noting railroads, electric lines, roads, irrigation canals, towns, creeks, tunnels, bridges, rivers, lakes, islands and other topographic features. Ferry routes are also noted. The map notes the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge, then called the San Francisco Bay Toll Bridge when it was completed in 1929. This map was copyrighted and issued by Rand McNally and Company.
Rand McNally (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 new cost effective printing technique known as wax process engraving. As the Chicago developed as a railway hub the Rand firm, now incorporated as Rand McNally, began producing a wide array of maps and guides. Over time the firm expanded into atlases, globes, education books, and general literature. By embracing the cost effective 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.
Good. Some wear and damage along original fold lines, including toning, creasing and minor losses over fold intersections. Some spotting. Professionally flattened and backed with archival tissue.