Attractive vintage pictorial map of the Pacific Northwest. The map itself shows the greenery and topography of the region, with detail provided on towns, cities, and points of interest.
Surrounding the map are numerous depictions of the activities to do in the area. A phrase, repeated twice, suggests that the mountaineering in the region is equivalent to that of 30 Switzerland's. Similar superlative phrases accompany the further images on the verso.
The map provides little evidence to dating, though the style, language, and depictions of cars suggest a 1920s or 1930s publication.
Fred Routledge (1871-1936) was an Oregon artist and pictorial mapmaker, who spent much of his professional life as a correspondent for the Morning Oregonian. His career lasted from the 1890s to the early 1930s. Routledge was a well regarded artist, who received awards for his paintings, including a first prize at the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco. His ephemeral work as a pictorial cartographer was also very well regarded.
Routledge was born in Abilene, Kansas, raised in Rockford, Illinois, and settled in the Portland area in 1886 with his family. He began working as an illustrator with the West Shore publication before its demise in 1891, thereafter finding wor at the Oregonian in 1895. The January 1, 1896 "Where Rolls the Oregon," is his first work of significant note.