Old Birds Eye Map of San Francisco in 1878 - Bay Area, Golden Gate, Gold Rush, Mission Bay, North Beach
Dispatches in 1-2 days
Handmade to order
The map looks at the city from a point roughly north/north east of the peninsula, looking south/south west.
Across the bottom of the map is a key that tells you all the landmarks that are shown on the map - and if you trace your finger up from each label, you'll find the landmark in question.
Despite this map being almost 150 years old, you should be able to recognise many neighbourhoods and landmarks. Though, notably the city's famous cable cars wouldn't be installed until a few years later - so you won't see any on this map!
The Golden Gate bridge of course hasn't been built yet (it would be built in 1933), though you can see the 'golden gate' - the narrow strait between San Francisco and Marin County - in the top right corner of the map.
Golden Gate Park has already been built (top middle) as has City Hall. Mission Bay is still a bay!
This map looks great at all sizes: 12x16 inches (30x40cm), 16x20 inches (40x50cm) and 18x24 inches (45x60cm), but it looks even better when printed large. I can create beautiful, large prints of this map up to 80 inches (200cm) wide. Please get in touch if you're looking for larger, customised or different framing options.
The model in the listing images is holding the 24x18 inch (60x45cm) version of this map.
I have a very similar map, but from 10 years previous, which shows San Francisco in a slightly less developed state.
I also have a more modern birds eye map from 1982 showing you the city almost as it is today.
This would make a wonderful birthday, Christmas or housewarming gift for someone from San Fran or who has the Bay Area in their heart.
You can order the map itself, or you can order a framed version. The frame is a nice, simple black frame that really makes our maps pop out when on a wall. Please get in touch if you'd like a different frame. We use super-clear acrylic (perspex/acrylite) in our frames - it's less reflective than glass and better for transport.
If you are not happy with your unique map for any reason, contact me for a no-quibble refund.
I am very confident you will like your old map. I have been doing this since 1984 and I'm a 5-star Etsy seller with 1000s of sales and reviews.
This is the cheapest place to buy my maps online.
I use a unique process to restore my maps that is massively time consuming and labour intensive. Hunting down the original maps can take months. I use state of the art and eye-wateringly expensive technology to scan and restore the maps. As a result, I guarantee my maps are a cut above the rest - that's why I can offer a no-quibble refund.
Almost all of my maps look amazing at large sizes (200cm, 6.5ft+) and I can frame and deliver them to you as well, via special oversized courier. Contact me to discuss your specific needs.