1931 Island of Maui

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By: Ruth Taylor White

Date: 1931 (Published) Boston

Dimensions: 11.2 x 14.25 inches (28.4 cm x 36.2 cm)

This vibrantly colorful and decorative pictorial map issued by the Hawaii Tourist Bureau of Honolulu of the Island of Maui is done in a whimsical, humorous style reminiscent of the works of Jo Mora’s work of the same era.

The island is peopled with cartoonish characters who symbolize the various industries, agricultural enterprises, military bases, leisure activities, sports, etc., which are available on the island. More specifically, a few examples include a sugar plantation, petroglyphs, pheasant shooting, polo grounds, interesting geographical features, and a wide assortment of animals, both wild and domestic. A cluster of volcanoes is featured between what appears to be the walls of a deep canyon. In all, the map is a most vibrant and entertaining pictorial description of Maui.

A cartouche beneath the compass rose contains a quote by the mapmaker herself: “This cartograph is lined and colored to memories of the good times I found on the Island of Maui. That it is the ‘Valley Island’ you will have no doubt when you look down from Haleakala’s 10,000 foot top across the sweep of checkered plain that’s anchored to a pile of the sheerest, greenest peaks on earth.” 

Condition: This lovely and vibrant map is in C+ condition due to small holes at the corners of the map produced by pins or staples. The main image of the map is in B+ condition.

Inventory #10932

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