Patterson, J.E. (mapmaker)?
Southern Pacific. Copyright 1928.
Color pictographic / pictorial map, 23 1/4 x 32 inches on sheet size 25 1/4 x 33 1/4 inches. Professionally restored and mounted on linen minimising faults: several long tears or creases including one extending vertically down the centre of the map and one extending horizontally across the map, light abrasion / creasing visible in Pacific Ocean area. Despite its faults the map displays well. An uncommon and visually appealing map poster "done in the old style" with decorative galleons and sea monsters and an elaborate compass rose. Southern Pacific's Shasta Route, Overland Route, Golden State Route and Sunset Route are marked, "following the trails of the pioneers, they are the best natural routes to the land of scenery and romance." The left and right borders are composed of vignette illustrations of historical events starting with "1862 President Lincoln signs Pacific Railway Act" to "Today Southern Pacific still building and serving." Four vignette illustrations along the upper edge relate to the four routes. The railroad runs as far south as Mexico City. David Rumsey attributes the map design to J.E.Patterson of Patterson & Sullivan, a San Francisco art firm. WorldCat shows four library listings in the United States. Item #53579