Playful vintage pictorial map of the supposed San Franciscan's view of the world outside of their own city.
The view shows San Francisco proper in the foreground, with Seal Rock, "Great Highway, and the Golden Gate Bridge forming the lower bound, beyond the Bay, Berkeley and Oakland appear, quickly transforming into the Sierra Nevada Mountains - with an aside about California's water issues - then the Rock Mountains ("John Denver Rocky Mountain High"), the Midwest (with its tornados) and Texas, the chasmous Mississippi River, Chicago and its gangsters, and scattered East Coast and global cities barely seen on the horizon.
The view is based on Saul Steinberg's famous New Yorker magazine cover "View of the World from 9th Avenue", which appeared in March 1976, and lampooned New Yorkers' alleged navel-gazing attitude.
The present view is one of a large series of images that riffed on the Steinberg concept while substituting other American and worldwide cities. Steinberg's original work has been the subject of almost-countless parodies, including one, by Columbia Pictures, which resulted in a copyright infringement lawsuit.