Because of my research on a 1976 event, people keep bringing me things from that general era. Thanks to my friend Resi for finding this in her mother’s house and bringing it to me yesterday. Not only is this Vancouver neighbourhood nearby to me (and now gentrified many times over), the map shows the Gastown Wax Museum where I worked many a summer in Vancouver, though its sign seems to be on the wrong building. Did it move?
This Edwardian style with its cartoon pioneer typography seems unavoidable in these old map posters. Did every North American city have a version of this? I love these posters inordinately even while I am simultaneously really tired of their quasi-wild west saloon vibe and oldey-timey national myth of origin that is a clichéd staple of Vancouver and N. American tourism products and that we really need need to replace with something else in this country/continent (Happy Canada Day/Fourth of July everyone). Still, there was one that depicted Victoria’s downtown and Chinatown in incredible detail that hung in the bathroom at my grandfather’s house, and I would become lost in it for hours as a kid.
PS I love the exploded perspective. And the colours. (Sorry, I will try to upload a clearer image later.)