“The Mother Lode of California.” Bank of America, 1949. Folding tourist guide with pictorial map. 17 1/2 x 15 1/2. Printed in color. Very good condition.
During the first half of the twentieth century, pictorial maps became tremendously popular. With their charming images and impressive detail, they both conveyed information and delighted the eye. Many tourist and commercial groups hired artists to produce these maps and this is one commissioned by the Bank of America as a give-away souvenir at the California State Fair in 1949, the centennial of the California Gold Rush. The main region of that rush is shown, from Mariposa to Sierraville, with starts used to indicate the 54 branches of the Bank of America which appear in the area depicted.