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Scarce folding promotional map, overprinted with an ad for Seaboard Commercial and Savings Bank.

Very detailed map showing each lot and ownership of larger parcels. Locates numerous buildings and businesses including the Consolidated Lumber Co., Toyo Fisheries, the Catalina Terminal, Ralph Chandler Ship Building Co., and much more. The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe railroad has numerous lines throughout the town and to the businesses along the harbor.

Folds into printed wrappers (4.5 x 7.5") tilted "Map of Wilmington" with bank ad that reads, in part "One Bank That Gives its support entirely to Wilmington. Do you Bank in Wilmington or Los Angeles? Think it Over." Ironically, the map was printed in Los Angeles. This is an early Thomas Bros. map that was published only nine years after their founding. A terrific ephemeral advertising map for which we find no prior sales or references.

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