White, Ruth Taylor

Ruth Taylor 1932 pictorial map cartograph Monterey Bay Region

A Cartograph of Monterey Bay Region. Limned by Ruth Taylor.

DESCRIPTION: Fine original pictorial map or cartograph of the Monterey Bay Region by Ruth Taylor (1932). Later Ruth would sign her many maps with her married name, Ruth Taylor White. The map represents some of Ruth's earliest work, just three years after she drew four beautiful route-map cartographs for Western Air Express' newly inaugurated passenger service (1929). First edition, lacking the black redaction of the 2nd edition.

Ruth Taylor White 1929 cartograph for Western Air Express
Ruth Taylor White 1929 cartograph for Western Air Express.

The cartograph was probably published by the Chamber of Commerce of the Pajaro Valley as the verso text promoting Watsonville, California refers to the map on the recto as "the marvelously scenic Monterrey Bay Region (pictured on the reverse side.)"

Ruth Taylor White (1896 - 1985)

Ruth Taylor White was among the most prolific makers of pictographic maps or cartographs during the classic period of pictorial map making in the United States, the 1920's, 1930's, and 1940's. Taylor White’s ‘cartographs’ (as she called them) were characterized by bobble-headed cartoon characters across colorful, attractive landscapes. Despite their visual richness and vigor, White's cartographs resort to stereotyping with regard to culture, ethnicity, gender and class and their points of contrast to 21st century culture is a reminder. That said, White's pictorial maps combine graphic style, color and comical observation and are drawn in the same style of Jo Mora's works of the same period

CREATOR: White, Ruth Taylor



BODY OF WATER: Pacific Ocean

CONDITION: Good.  Chip at bottom center. Corner fold at bottom right. Otherwise clean and solid.



SIZE: 8 " x 10 "


PRICE: $250


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