Utz, Thornton

60s Pictorial map of Sarasota Florida

60s Pictorial Official Map of Sarasota, Florida by Utz

DESCRIPTION: Pictorial map of Sarasota, Florida and surrounding areas ca. 1965. Designated the Official Chamber of Commerce map, it shows a single span of the old Sunshine Skyway bridge. Copyrighted and published by Thornton Utz as the Limited Gift Edition, this printing of Utz's Map of Sarasota was presented as a service by the Sarasota bank and Trust Company.

1960s Pictorial Map of Sarasota, Florida by Utz
Detail from Utz's Map of Sarasota, Florida

Utz included sketches of numerous commercial and recreational activities in his map including:
  • Siesta Key and Longboat Key
  • Sarasota Jungle Gardens
  • Chicago White Sox training camp
  • Bradenton Art Center
  • Camp Flying Eagle Boy Scout camp
  • Crescent Beach and Lido Beach
  • Forest Lakes County Club
  • Ringling Museum
Based on the $3.00 price stated for an mail-order autographed copy of the map, it appears to predate the version of the map held at the Touchton Map Library which carries a $5.00 price and lacks the reference in the title cartouche to Sarasota Bank and Trust.

Thornton Utz (1914-2000)

Thornton Utz, a Memphis, Tennessee native, was a highly skilled American illustrator known for his ability to create captivating and realistic illustrations of post-war America. He was in high demand during the 1950s and was commissioned to produce 45 covers for the Saturday Evening Post, one of the country's most widely read magazines at the time. In addition, Utz worked with high-profile clients such as Coca-Cola, General Electric, and Ford Motor Company, creating artwork for their advertisements.

CREATOR: Utz, Thornton



BODY OF WATER: Sarasota Bay, Gulf of Mexico

CONDITION: Good.  Folds as issued. Clean. Two pinholes at fold intersection.

COLORING: Process color.


SIZE: 18 " x 24 "


PRICE: $300


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