Decorative vintage pictorial map of Yosemite Valley drawn by artist Jo Mora in 1931 and later re-issued in 1941 and 1949.
The map shows many humorous scenes and shows the activities common at the time in the Valley. Many landmarks are shown in an amusing way. For example, a cloud resting on an easy chair is shown for Clouds Rest. A bishop is straddling the Cathedral Spires. The map was originally printed in black & white in 1931 and reissued by the Yosemite & Curry Company in 1941 and 1949.
This late state of the map can be identified by the changes made at the lower left, around the trail to Big Oak Flat. The changes include:
- Sign name is "To Tioga Pass and Big Oak Flat" in the final state (previously just Big Oak Flat) and the bottom of the road in the valley is moved further west.
- All new automobiles on the Tioga Pass Road
- Coulterville Stage Road and illustrations (below Tioga Pass Road) are removed completely
- Checking Station at the base of Big Oak Flat Road in the Valley has been removed.
- The cars on the road into the Valley from the bottom of Big Oak Flat Road are updated
Joseph Jacinto "Jo" Mora, born October 22, 1876 in Uruguay, died October 11, 1947 in Monterey California. Jo Mora came to the United States as a child, he studied art in the New York, then worked for Boston newspapers as a cartoonist. He was a man of many other talents, artist-historian, sculptor, painter, photographer, illustrator, muralist and author. Later in life, he became quite a renown artist.
His series of illustrations of various parts of California (Carmel, Monterey, San Diego, Yosemite, California, etc.) are highly collected.
Joseph Jacinto "Jo" Mora, born 22 October 1876 in Uruguay, died 10 October 1947 in Monterey California. Mora came to the United States as a child, he studied art in New York, then worked for Boston newspapers as a cartoonist. He was a man of many other talents, artist-historian, sculptor, painter, photographer, illustrator, muralist and author. In 1903, Mora came to California, then in 1904 he moved to Keams Canyon in northeast Arizona, living with the Hopi and Navajo Indians. He learned their languages and photographed and painted an ethnological record, particularly of the Kachina ceremonial dances. In 1907, he married Grace Needham and they moved to Mountain View, California. He moved to Pebble Beach in 1922 and established a home and large studio there, it being near the Carmel Mission (San Carlos Borroméo De Carmelo Mission) after being commissioned to do the Serra Sarcophagus* for Padre (Father) Ramon Mestres.
During his long and productive career, Mora illustrated a number of books including Animals of Aesop (1900), Dawn and the Dons - The Romance of Monterey (1926), Benito and Loreta Delfin, Children of Alta California (1932), and Fifty Funny Animal Tales (1932). He authored three books, A Log of the Spanish Main (1933), Trail Dust and Saddle Leather (1946) and his posthumous publication, Californios (1949).
His map work included Monterey Peninsula (1927), and Seventeen Mile Drive (1927), California (1927), San Diego (1928), Grand Canyon (1931), Yosemite (1931), Yellowstone (1936), Carmel-By-The-Sea (1942), California (1945) (large and small versions), and Map of Los Angeles (1942).