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Description

Scarce pictorial view of California, published by Harvey Hutter & Company.

The image is part of the Harvey Hutter Company's "View of the World" series.

We note a signature of "Spore" at the bottom right. We presume this is Jenny Spore, who did several other city views in the mid-1990s for Riley Marketing of Springfield, Missouri.

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.