Old Map of San Diego, 1938 by Thomas Bros - National City, La Jolla, La Mesa, Downtown, Balboa Park & Zoo, North Island
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An exceptionally rare map of San Diego, California, published in 1938 by the Thomas Bros. Not only is this map extremely striking with its blue line art, but it was also part of the first "road atlas" of California.
The map shows a fairly large chunk of San Diego, with downtown and Balboa Park (and San Diego Zoo!) in the middle, Mission Bay in the top left, and all of North Island and Point Loma.
In a nice twist, the suburbs of National City, La Mesa and La Jolla are also shown as detailed inset maps. But as you can see, back in 1938 there's still a lot of fields and empty space in and around San Diego - space that would be filled in rapidly over the next few decades.
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 20x16 inch (50x40cm) version of this map.
Take a look at the detailed images and try to spot your home or street! Feel free to message me if you want to confirm if a certain street or place is shown on this map.
This would make a wonderful birthday, housewarming or Christmas gift for someone from San Diego or who has California 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 the map pop out when on a wall. Please get in touch if you'd like a different frame. I use super-clear acrylic (perspex/acrylite) in my 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.