Item #5628 City and Harbor of Los Angeles [panel title]. Clason Map Co.
City and Harbor of Los Angeles [panel title].

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City and Harbor of Los Angeles [panel title].

Los Angeles: Security Trust & Savings Bank, 1921. Brochure incorporating three maps, 7” x 3.75” folded; sheet size 28” x 21”, single map printed on one side (24” x 20.5”), text and two maps on verso, one map 18” x 13” and other 20.5” x 6.5”. CONDITION: Very good, a few small holes at folds, toning and two inch separation along one fold.

A map brochure issued by the Security Trust and Savings Bank of Los Angeles, intended to promote the city, to advertise the bank, and to closely identify the growth of the city with the growth of the bank. 

Appearing on the recto is “The Map of the City of Los Angeles” extending from Griffith Park in the north to the beginning of the “Shoestring” strip in the south, and west from Huntington Avenue to the (former) intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Holloway Drive. Four capitalized letters indicate “The Four Security Corners,” ie., where the four branches of the Security Trust and Savings Bank can be found. One is located “in the heart of the Downtown Section,” another serves “the Ninth End of the Business District,” another is available near the “West End of the Shopping District,” and the fourth, the “Cahuenga Building,” is the “largest Banking Institution in Hollywood.” Numbers along the border mark the thoroughfares from Los Angeles to nearby towns and neighborhoods including Los Angeles’ Harbor, San Francisco, San Diego, Culver City, and Redondo Beach. All of these are identified in a key below the map. There is an additional inset map on the right edge (“Insert A”), an enlarged view of the neighborhoods around Huntington Avenue. On the verso is a map of the “Complete City of Los Angeles” showing the entirety of Los Angeles including the Shoestring addition of 1909, as well as un-annexed towns and additions in the greater L.A. region. Also included is a map of “the Shoestring” and Los Angeles Harbor accompanied by a note on its history. Other notes cover such matters as “Growth of the City and the Growth of the Bank,” the square mileage covered by the city, and its internal improvements, especially the construction of its aqueduct. 

The Security Trust and Savings Bank was a prominent financial institution in late nineteenth and early twentieth century Los Angeles and served as “one of the principal banks used by Hollywood for financing films (including those of Cecil B. DeMille), and for maintaining personal fortunes (Howard Hughes, Charlie Chaplin, and W. C. Fields are said to have had accounts at this bank)” (Security Trust). Their Cahuenga building in Hollywood was the tallest building in Hollywood in 1921, serving as a popular filming location of the silent film era. In fact, Raymond Chandler gave his iconic private eye, Philip Marlowe, an office there “on the sixth floor, two small rooms at the back. One I left open for a patient client to sit in, if I had a patient client” (“Cahuenga Building”).

REFERENCES: Cahuenga Building at Atlas Obscura online; Security Trust and Savings Bank, California, at Center for Land Use and Interpretation online. 

Item #5628

Price: $275.00

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