Dornbush, Adrian

Depression-era pictorial map of The Coral Isle of Key West

Scarce FERA-funded pictorial map The Coral Isle of Key West

DESCRIPTION: Two scarce maps of Key West, Florida in a visitor's guide booklet simply titled "Key West" published by the Key West Administration in 1935. The booklet is a product of the Public Works of Art Project (PWAP) during the New Deal that was succeeded by the Federal Art Project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA).
"Public Works of Art Project artists from other parts of the country were brought in and put to work creating paintings, murals or public places, and other projects, such as tourist brochures and postcards." [2]

The brochure includes a fine pictorial map (9" x 6") of Key West, Florida: "The Coral Isle of Key West" by artist Adrian Dornbush, 1935. The map was engraved on a "miraculous" scale and shows key landmarks such as Duval Street, the lighthouse, the Martello Towers, and the yacht basin.

Adrian Dornbush (1900 - 1970) became involved in the Key West Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA) and in 1934 moved to the island to take over the role as director of the project, focusing his efforts on developing regional tourism. [1]. Other FERA artists who contributed works to the brochure include Edward Bruce, Richard Sargeant, Avery Johnson, Klir Beck, and Richard Jansen.

At center of the brochure is an anonymous two-sheet "Map of the Lower Florida Keys or the Key West Archipelago" (18" x 6") containing a smaller inset map of the Caribbean region.

Printed by Orange Publishing Co. St. Cloud, Florida.


CREATOR: Dornbush, Adrian



BODY OF WATER: Atlantic Ocean

CONDITION: Good.  Clean except the map by Dornbush with some browning from contact with the cover.

COLORING: Process color.


SIZE: 9 " x 6 "


PRICE: $325


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