Don Bloodgood's Pictorial Vision of Vancouver
Fine pictorial map of Vancouver, by the well-regarding pictorial map artist Don Bloodgood.
The map captures Bloodgood's unmistakable style of bringing to life a caricature of local life, cultural and historical icons and important tourist information, all wrapped up into a stylistically fun and easy to use "pic-tour" format.
The map provides an interesting whimsical image of Vancouver, illustrating major public facilities, tourist attractions, with West Vancouver and North Vancouver, recreational facilities, mountains and ski resorts shown across the water.
Don Bloodgood's work spanned a number of regions, including California, Hawaii, Texas, Minnesota, Vancouver, Havana, Washington, D.C. Glacier National Park, San Francisco, New Mexico and Arizona, with most maps relating to tourism. His career spanned from the 1930s to the early 1960s.
As with so many of Bloodgood's pictorial maps, they weren't just decorative maps, but his maps tap into the culture and life of the region, and reveal how the area would have been experienced at the time.
Given Bloodgood's success as a pictorial artist, some of his maps are surprisingly scarce on the market.