A "Typical Californian's" Map of the United States by E. Chase, 1940 - Unofficial Distorted West vs. East USA
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Originally published in 1940 by Ernest Dudley Chase, this is perhaps my most unique map of the United States. It shows California and the rest of the US from the perspective of a typical Californian.
The sun, as you can see, quite literally always shines on California - and the other states... well, just take a look: a barren expanse of spider webs, storm clouds, and a plane heading from east to west with the phrase "we'll soon be there!" above it. All in all, a very charming, if not very accurate, map of the US.
Well, unless you're from California, in which case it's very accurate of course...
Ernest Dudley Chase, who would eventually become one of the most prolific and popular pictorial map makers, originally started his careers as a graphic artist. He didn't start making maps until fairly late in his life, but as you can see, he had a real passion for creating humorous, interesting and incredibly detailed maps. He mostly focused on the US, though he also made a few world maps, and even a few maps made of postage stamps!
This map looks great at all sizes: 12x16 inches (31x41cm), 18x24 inches (45.5x61cm) and 24x36 inches (61x91.5cm), but it looks even better when printed large.
I can create beautiful, large prints of this map up to 80 inches (203cm). 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 (51x40.5cm) version of this map.
If you’re looking for something slightly different, another option would be this amazing map of California by J. H. Colton in 1860.
The locations on this map include... In the spiderweb: Philadelphia, Nashville, Oklahoma City, Dallas, Birmingham, Cincinnati and Washington. On the left side you can see lovely, detailed illustrations of California's famous landmarks such as Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, The Lick Observatory on the summit of Mount Hamilton, Los Angeles City Hall and several Roman Catholic missions such as Carmel, San Miguel and San Juan Bautista.
This would make a wonderful birthday, Christmas, work leaving or housewarming gift for someone from America or someone who has California close to their heart.
This map is available as a giclée print on acid free archival matte paper, or you can buy it framed. The frame is a nice, simple black frame that suits most aesthetics. Please get in touch if you'd like a different frame colour or material. My frames are glazed with super-clear museum-grade acrylic (perspex/acrylite), which is significantly less reflective than glass, safer, and will always arrive in perfect condition.
Some of my old maps are now available on canvas. Smaller and larger sizes are available, but you must contact me to order.
Check my canvas maps collection to see which maps are currently available on canvas.
Canvas old maps are an interesting alternative to conventionally framed maps. Depending on your personal taste and room decor, canvas maps can "pop" a bit more than a framed map.
I print on responsibly sourced canvas with very high quality, fade-resistant inks. Then the canvas is stretched over a hand-glued solid wood frame - and yes, the wood is responsibly and renewably sourced.
The finished piece is 1.5 inches (3.8cm) deep and comes ready to hang.
Please note that because of the texture of canvas, some of the finer details on some maps will be harder to read than a map printed on paper.
At 36x24 inches (90x60cm) everything should be legible. But if you want to check before you order, please contact me.
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.