Sanborn San Francisco Map Lettering
Bibliodyssey recently highlighted the rather amazingly ornate title pages of our favorite historical map source, Sanborn.
San Francisco was sadly lacking, so as a public service I present you our very own Sanborn title pages. Click to enlarge:
($100 in 1887 is about $3000 today.)
(The top and bottom of the crest on the bow and stern of the deck was a touch of genius.)
The 1913 edition is pretty awesome:
The originals are in color — the University of Utah has done an outstanding job on their collection. (Some of the trials and tribulations of this project are documented here.)
In all reality, the entire set needs to be rescanned — the ProQuest scanning is pretty dodgy quality, especially for the oldest maps. (I believe they used from the microfilm versions.)
Hey, can someone just buy Sanborn for me so I can tile all these together into a map layer? (Hint hint, Google).