Exhibit of Pictorial Maps at Branner Library
Before the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989, the map collection at Branner Library consisted mostly of geologic and topographic maps. Stanford's "Central Map Collection," which had resided in the badly-damaged west wing of Green Library, was subsequently transferred to Branner.
Among the many thematic maps acquired after that time were a number of fanciful "pictorial maps," some of the most interesting being from the 1930's.
For example, there is a 1937 Dole Pineapple map of the Hawaiian Islands, with pictures of boats, fish, cattle, surfers, wildlife, palm trees and airplanes. The top margin displays distinctive Hawaiian flowers, and the bottom margin shows fish. The Hawaiian Pineapple Co., Ltd., prepared and distributed this map, presumably to attract visitors.
The Dole Map of the Hawaiian Islands, U.S.A. Found at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/view/8514913