Camp Pendleton [cover title:] Two Weeks With The Marines in California is a fascinating pictorial map from 1948, offering an illustrated and detailed view of the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in Southern California. This colorful folding map includes notable landmarks, roads, tent camps, training areas, ranges, and distances to nearby locations like Los Angeles and San Diego.
Signed in print by "Woyshner," the map is accompanied by photographic illustrations and compelling text that appears to target individuals interested in participating in summer training with the Organized Marine Corps Reserve. It describes the opportunity to spend two weeks at Camp Pendleton, with promises of swimming in the Pacific, sightseeing, and recreation, all while traveling first class and getting paid.
The detailed depictions on the map showcase the various aspects of the camp, including the Naval Ammunition Depot, Ranch House, Hostess House, Landing Field, and even the Anti Tank Range. Locations like the Santa Margarita River and the Pacific Ocean are also marked, giving a comprehensive view of the terrain and the facilities within Camp Pendleton.
The promotional tone of the accompanying text emphasizes sports, travel, training, promotion, recreation, and social events, all of which are part of the summer camp experience. The map itself serves as both an informative guide to Camp Pendleton and an enticing advertisement for potential recruits.
This vibrant and informative piece stands as a snapshot of military life and culture during the post-World War II era, capturing the spirit and activities of the Marines in a way that would resonate with both military enthusiasts and those curious about the opportunities offered by the Marine Corps Reserve.
A rare piece of USCM and So Cal pictorial map ephemera.