Unrecorded State of Hollywood Pictorial Rarity
Rare pictorial map of Hollywood, first produced by Lowell Jones in 1947, and here reissued in an unrecorded pink-flavored edition produced by the Thomas Brothers. Designed immediately after World War II, Jones' pictorial map series provides a marvelous caricature depiction of Hollywood and the Los Angeles Basin at the start of its next great boom period.
The work contains three maps and an additional postcard section, which allows for this to be folded up into an envelope. The smallest map (10.7 x 8 inches), Downtown Hollywood, provides an excellent overview of the major studios, theaters, Hollywood eateries, hotels and other public buildings, which stretch out along Hollywood Blvd between La Brea and Gower.
The map of Greater Los Angeles -- entitled Hollywood Film Capital of the World (16 x 10.7 inches) -- provides a more expansive look at the LA Basin, with marvelous images of the film and leisure industry sprawling across the Basin.
The verso includes the traditional Thomas Brother's guide to the homes of movie and tv stars, including such legends as Fred Astaire, Red Skelton, Doris Day, and Marlon Brando. Despite the invasive material featured on this map, it implores the reader to “the homes of Movie and Television Stars are private residences. Please do not intrude in any way.”
This map was published at the start of a decade which would see a massive new cult following for Hollywood, culminating in the hippie era of the late 1960s. In all, a great and rare map.
We have seen the 1947 edition only once before. We have never encountered this edition until now.